It is evident that Stuart Baxter is still uncertain about his goalkeeper pecking order as he scrambles to find a solution to the club’s on-field woes. Already out of the MTN8 and not part of the CAF Champions League this season, Baxter can focus solely on the league title.
After just 5 games, Chiefs have picked up just 5 points and currently placed 13th place in the log standings. Kaizer Chiefs were expected to have atleast 12 points from four wins over the sides they have faced so far.
It appears as if Stuart Baxter is uncertain as to his first-choice and back-up goalkeeper at the club with the club captain (as per Stuart Baxter) Itumeleng Khune still missing from action. In the game prior to Sunday’s one, against Royal AM, Stuart Baxter selected to hand a first start to Carling Blackcurrently cup hero Brandon Petersen. Unfortunately that did not work out quite well as the former Ajax Cape Town and Bidvest Wits shot-stopper leaked a season-high four goals in a shock 4-2 defeat.
Peterson was then relegated to the bench for Sunday’s match against Marumo Gallants as Nigerian powerhouse Daniel Akpeyi came into the starting line-up and put in a man-of-the-match performance to help Amakhosi head back home with atleast a point in the game.
That would suggest that Daniel Akpeyi has cemented his spot in goal for the foreseeable future as Khune continues to watch from the stands. The question will now be 'what happens to Brandon Peterson, Bruce Bvuma and the club captain Itumeleng Khune'.
It is something of a luxury to have four capable first team goalkeepers in any squad. At age 34, Itumeleng Khune’s days at Naturena are surely numbered and despite signing a one-year contract extension, he is unlikely to see any game time any time soon.
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