Khune considered by Middendorp for Soweto derby: “He's an option”

Khune considered by Middendorp for Soweto derby: “He's an option”

- One of the major talking points ahead of the Soweto derby is the possible inclusion of Itumeleng Khune into the starting line-up

- Amidst the talk, Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp refused to rule out the possibility

- Middendorp confirmed that he and the technical team are strongly considering adding the veteran goalkeeper

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Saturday promises to deliver fireworks aplenty, as Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates prepare for battle.

The match is one of the most anticipated derbies for quite some time based on the league implications and background.

Although Chiefs top the Absa Premiership standings, a victory for Pirates could upset the apple cart, as Mamelodi Sundowns are only four points behind.

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Another interesting aspect will be the tactical battle that plays out between the two German coaches.

Briefly.co.za previously reported that Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane will be rooting for a Bucs victory, but also expressed his interest in the battle between the two tacticians.

One of the major talking points however, is the possible inclusion of Chiefs stalwart Itumeleng Khune.

Coach Ernst Middendorp previously indicated that he would keep faith with Nigerian goalkeeper Daniel Akepyi. but a recent blunder against Maritzburg United may have opened the door for Khune.

With fans applying pressure to see the return of the veteran, Daily Sun reported that Middendorp wasn't able to rule out the possibility.

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Middendorp said, "I understand certain emotional attachment into a certain type of players. I understand and really respect that."

The German added, "I understand and I really respect it, and probably [Khune] will be on the field, why not? He's an option."

However, Middendorp was quick to point out that a final decision is yet to be made.

One goalkeeper who will definitely be in action on Saturday is legendary Bucs keeper Williams Okpara.

Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the retired shotstopper will be in goal during halftime for the shootout competition.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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