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Chiefs Goalkeeper Conundrum

Kaizer Chiefs is faced with a big Conundrum. One might wonder if the rotational system is health for the team. How does is it affect chemistry in the long run. Should a goalkeeper get a starting eleven based on merit or just because coach feels like changing personnel. We have seen teams rotating two at most. However since Baxter took over from Al Ahly game. He has used 4 goalkeepers in a short space of time.



I don't buy into into this system of rotating goalkeepers now and then. It is totally different position compared to the others. It will mess with confidence level and mental state of the players said former Pirates and Jomo cosmos goalkeeper Avril Phali.

He does not see a reason for chopping and changing unless there is an injury or in case a goalkeeper is suspended.



Phali is adamant that Bvuma should remain as the number one option. He knows that Akpeyi is also representing his country, Khune is big name,Peterson is a well developed player. However they all need to support whoever is chosen.

Chiefs could also experience a mental challenge, because a defender could be used to a certain goalkeeper, if he gets changed there could be problems in terms of communication and sticking to a certain instructions given by goalkeeper especially if he possess different strength and abilities, unless they share similar philosophy or qualities.



It could work if there is a good system in place. The coach has to ensure that there is a good connection between the goalkeeper and the defenders.

However chopping and changing can create anxiety to certain defenders it can be psychological bad, if not managed correctly said former Chiefs player Gary Goldstone.

However people also need to bear in mind that we leave in abnormal times with COVID-19. Rotation can also help if the team is hit by a series of COVID-19 cases in the goalkeeping department.


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