Khune back in Chiefs goal as contract talks continue


ITUMELENG Khune will be back in goal for Kaizer Chiefs tomorrow when they take on amateurs Edu Sports at Soccer City in the first leg of their Nedbank Cup ties.

Although a deal between the star goalkeeper and the Amakhosi over a new contract remained to be formalised, Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter confirmed yesterday that Khune would play.

Baxter had previously said he would not play the goalie while his situation was unclear.

But yesterday he said: “I understand that the talks now are very cordial and it is close to be settled.

“I’m not privy to the ins and outs of the negotiations, but Itu’s attitude has been good and he has been training hard.”

Khune made a comeback after a five-month hiatus for Chiefs against Township Rollers last Saturday in the first leg of their African Champions League encounters.

While he has still to put pen to paper on a new contract with Chiefs – his deal runs out in June, and he had initially wanted to leave the club – Baxter has not been using him in the league games.

Nhlanhla Khuzwayo played on Tuesday night when Chiefs went down to Supersport United in the league and having their 19-match unbeaten run halted.

“Itu hasn’t done anything to put him out of the team,” Baxter said of the latest holder of the Bafana Bafana No 1 jersey again.

“Itu will play in the Nedbank Cup encounter, but I haven’t decided yet who is going to play in Botswana next week. I have a choice of two good goalkeepers.

“If the contract talks are promising, I can feel free to pick who I want,” the coach said.

-Mark Gleeson

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