Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune made a return to the squad on Sunday against AmaZulu FC, sparking discussions about the club’s goalkeeper hierarchy.

The 35-year-old Khune found himself back in contention due to the absence of second-choice goalkeeper Brandon Petersen, who received a red card while on the bench in the 87th minute during the clash against TS Galaxy last week. 

This unexpected turn of events has reignited speculation about Khune’s future with the club, particularly as his contract renewal still hangs in the balance.

Despite his comeback, Chiefs coach Cavin Johnson wasted no time in asserting the pecking order, affirming that Bruce Bvuma retains the coveted spot as Chiefs’ number one goalkeeper. 

Speaking to journalists, Johnson emphasized the importance of competition within the squad and Khune’s enduring positive influence in the dressing room.

“Khune’s presence in the dressing room has always been a source of positivity. His two-decade tenure with the club speaks volumes about his commitment and contribution,” Johnson stated.

While acknowledging Khune’s resilience and experience, Johnson underscored the necessity for him to compete for his position. “He’s back on the bench for now due to Brandon’s suspension, but Bruce remains our top choice. 

“It’s a competitive environment, and Khune understands that he must fight for his place,” Johnson explained.

With only two matches remaining in the DStv Premiership season, Khune faces a pivotal moment in his career at Chiefs. Whether he secures a starting role or embraces a potential send-off remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: the battle for goalkeeper supremacy is far from over at Naturena.

In the concluding fixtures against Polokwane City and relegated Cape Town Spurs, Khune’s determination and the team’s collective effort will undoubtedly shape the outcome as they strive for success on the pitch.