After Bernard Parker left the team, the 34-year-old Khune was introduced as the new captain of the Chiefs for the upcoming season.
Naturally, it was assumed that 'Mzansi's Finest' would once again be the club's number one for their season opener on Saturday against their hoodoo rivals, but Khune was not even named on the bench.
Instead, Brandon Peterson was relegated to a seat in the spectators while Bruce Bvuma started in goal for the Chiefs and was given a spot on the bench for substitutions.
Amakhosi's armband was donned by Keagan Dolly.
After the game, Zwane explained why he left Khune out, despite initial concerns that he was injured.
"No, it was because of the selection; obviously, [I had to] pick the best possible 11 and then we had to start Brandon and Bruce." So we're putting on the tournament, and I think Bruce performed really well. "I think it was just unfortunate that we conceded from that corner due to a break (in) concentration," Zwane told reporters after the game.
Additionally, Zwane discussed the debutants for the club, Zitha Kwinika, Yusuf Maart, Ashley Du Preez, and Siyethemba Sithebe.
The best... Despite there being much space for growth, I'm more than satisfied. We still have 29 games left, including cup games. So, in this season, I hope people will get to know us a little better," he remarked.
The Chiefs' next match is against Maritzburg United, whom they face at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday, thus Zwane's team has a quick turnaround.
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