Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma has issued a challenge to club captain Itumeleng Khune as he prepares to battle the veteran for the gloves.
Bvuma has established himself as the number two keeper in Khune’s absence after a duelling it out with Daniel Akpeyi and Virgil Vries last season.
Akpeyi and Vries didn’t really cover themselves in glory during a diffcult season for Chiefs allowing Bvuma to become the clear favourite to take over from Khune, however, the Bafana Bafana stopper will soon return to action.
Bvuma said that Kaizer Chiefs issues between the sticks didn’t amount to a crisis in his eyes as he opined that goalkeepers have a thankless task in professional football when it comes to perceived failure.
“For me, I didn’t see any crisis. In this game, it’s just that the thing is, with being a goalkeeper, when you make a mistake then it’s a big thing,” Bvuma said ahead of the Carling Cup this weekend.
“An in-field player, for instance a striker, can miss 10 chances and score one and he’ll be a ‘hero’. But, as a goalkeeper, you can save 10 chances and miss one and they say, ‘No, you’re not a good keeper’ – because of one mistake.
“So, that’s something that you need to understand. I believe we didn’t have any goalkeeper crisis, it’s just that one of our guys [Vries] were going through a difficult time, and as goalkeepers we all go through that type of stuff.”
Bvuma wants Khune fit for Kaizer Chiefs goalie challenge
With Khune on the books many keepers would be eager to move away from Kaizer Chiefs in order to secure game-time but Bvuma says he is relishing the prospect of fighting for his place.
“With everything that I got, including being in the AFCON, I believe I stand a good chance of competing with him [Khune],” said Bvuma.
“I believe that I stand a good chance of fighting for the number-one spot, so we’ll see what’s going to happen.
“It’s not that I’m playing now because he’s injured, but I just can’t wait for him to come back so that we can compete properly.”
The Carling Black Label Cup takes place on Saturday and sees Kaizer Chiefs take on fellow Soweto giants Orlando Pirates with teams chosen by the fans.