With Itumeleng Khune having recovered from a shoulder injury, an interesting tug-of-war seems to be emerging. Briefly.co.za considers the shot-stopper’s chances of being the Bafana number one at Afcon 2019.
In days gone by, Bafana Bafana boasted a wealth of talent resulting in depth for many positions.
Coaches such as Clive Barker and Philippe Troussier had enviable substitute options at their disposal when key players needed to be replaced.
Bafana Bafana coach, Stuart Baxter, doesn’t have the same luxury, particularly in the goalkeeping department.
Briefly.co.za previously reported on Darren Keet’s herculean display during qualification for Afcon 2019.
However, many still deem him to be the pretender to the throne, with Itumeleng Khune being the mainstay.
Khune was untouchable for many years as Bafana’s number one and has recovered from a shoulder injury that kept him out earlier this year.
There’s a spanner in the works though.
Baxter has insisted that Khune get sufficient game time in order to prove his fitness in order to make the cut for the Afcon.
However, SowetanLIVE reported that Kaizer Chiefs coach, Ernst Middendorp, has refused to play the goalkeeper and feels that it’s unrealistic for him to play at Afcon.
Although Baxter is calling for the ideal situation where Khune regains match fitness now, he has proven that he’s not averse to gambling on players who’ve recently recovered from injuries – with Bongani Zungu and Keagan Dolly being prime examples of that.
With the incumbent, Keet, only racking up 10 caps and Ronwen Williams even fewer, our money is on the experience of Khune being called upon when the final squad is announced.
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