Itumeleng Khune has ONE last Kaizer Chiefs chance before Soweto derby

Veteran Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has just one more chance to break into the Amakhosi starting XI before the blockbuster Soweto derby against Orlando Pirates on Saturday, 5 March.

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It’s highly unlikely that Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter will make any drastic changes for the clash against the Buccaneers at the Orlando Stadium.

Therefore, should he wish to feature in that match, Khune will in all likelihood need to already be part of the mix in Amakhosi’s final match before the season’s final Soweto derby.

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That match is away against Baroka FC on Saturday 26 February at 19:30.

Baxter has in recent outings relied on Brandon Peterson to start in goal with Bruce Bvuma on the bench.

Peterson was part of the Nedbank Cup Round of 32 shock 1-0 defeat against lowly TS Galaxy as well as the DStv Premiership goalless draw against Cape Town City FC.

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However, prior to the restart of the DStv Premiership season it was Nigeria’s Daniel Akpeyi who was Baxter’s first-choice.

Baxter is on record as saying something to the effect that Akpeyi is being given a break after his recent Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) commitments with the Super Eagles.

Whether Itumeleng Khune can jump the pecking order from his current very definite fourth – and last – position into the top two, remains to be seen.

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Kaizer Chiefs are currently fourth in the DStv Premiership standings as they continue to await the outcome of their PSL hearing related to their failure to honour two matches in December last year due to an outbreak of Covid-19 at Naturena.

That ruling – when it eventually comes – will have a major bearing on the standings.

Kaizer Chiefs trail Mamelodi Sundowns by 19 points

As it stands, Amakhosi have 29 points from 17 matches. They are 19 points adrift of log-leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, but have played four fewer matches.

Should they win those matches (12 points), the gap is suddenly ‘only’ seven points.

However, should the PSL rule they are to forfeit those two missed matches, at best Baxter’s men will be 13 points behind the Brazilians with just nine matches to play.

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