Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Junior Khanye has called on Ernst Middendorp to return Itumeleng Khune to the number one position.
Amakhosi fans shouted ‘Khune’ after goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi conceded the first goal in their 2-1 defeat to Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium on Saturday.
Khune has only played one game this season, against Royal Eagles in the Nedbank Cup, since returning from a long-term injury.
Khanye has since lashed out at Middendorp for putting Khune on the stands.
“Itumeleng Khune must go back to the starting line-up. There is no competition,” Khanye tells kickoff.com.
“I don’t know what the coach is trying to achieve. I don’t know what Middendorp was trying to do to put Khune on the stands.
“Khune has done a tremendous job for both Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana. Khune is the number one keeper for South Africa, I don’t care who says what.
“He remains the best keeper in South Africa and I don’t know why the coach wants to compare him to Akpeyi. I don’t know what he is trying to achieve or wants to show people he can win the league without Khune.
“Daniel Akpeyi is slow to dive, his reaction is slow. That goal on Saturday was supposed to stay in the goal line if he was not going to catch the ball. The guy doesn’t command.
“Khune is vocal and can marshal the defence. He can play the ball with his feet and distribute the ball well. I am not happy with the way Chiefs play. I love the club and I grew up there.
“Their defence is slow but the presence of Khune helps because he can communicate well at the back.”
Chiefs are set to take on Highlands Park in the Nedbank Cup last 16 in Tembisa on Saturday (15h00) and it remains to be seen if Middendorp will retain Akpeyi for that game.
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