Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma believes that a big team like Kaizer Chiefs should not be fighting for a top-eight finish but instead should be amongst those at the top who are battling for the league title and cups.

This comes after Amakhosi’s lacklustre performance since the start of the season which has seen them collecting 35 points in 28 games after suffering 11 league defeats, winning nine matches and the other eight ending in stalemates. Currently sitting in the eighth position with two games left before the curtain is brought down on the season.

Their last hope to end the trophy drought that has lasted for almost a decade was crushed by a first-round exit in the Nedbank Cup where they were knocked out by National First Division team Milford FC on penalties.

The 29-year-old shot-stopper has acknowledged that their performance has been underwhelming this season and urged the fans to be patient as they are working tirelessly to turn the tide. Bvuma added that a team with such a rich history should not be fighting for a top-half finish.

“They’ve got to have a little faith as do we as players. We know a team of Chiefs’ calibre shouldn’t be talking about making the top eight. This is a big team, we all know that, and we know we didn’t have a good season. The main thing when the season started was to compete for the championship, but it didn’t happen.” said Bvuma.

Chiefs are gearing up to battle Polokwane City for their final home game of the season at FNB Stadium this Saturday in a must-win clash where they will also be honouring the long services of fellow goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune who has been in the club for 25 years.

Bvuma had high praises for the stalwart goalkeeper who has been with Chiefs for a record-setting 20 seasons.

“Itu taught me a lot, coming from development, he told me he had been in my situation before. I trained with the first team when I was in Chiefs development, and I didn’t have a contract. Itu helped me, sometimes I didn’t have the money to come to training and Itu was there for me,”

“Growing up every goalkeeper looked up to Khune, how he is and who he is. He played a huge role in goalkeepers wanting to make it professionally. Itu is a hard worker, even now he keeps working hard, if you want to be better than others you need to give more. These are some of the ways he taught me and why he has managed to be where he is today.”

The Glamour Boys will wrap up the season with a visit to Cape Town where they will battle the recently relegated Cape Town Spurs on 25 May.

Written by Siphesihle Soni