Jonty Mark
Football Editor
1 minute read
5 Mar 2015
1:08 pm

Battle of the goalkeepers – Derby Duel

Jonty Mark

Brilliant Khuzwayo v Brighton Mhlongo.

Brighton Mhlongo (Pic: Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)

Brilliant Khuzwayo has had a real coming-of-age season in South Africa, excelling for Kaizer Chiefs to the extent that they haven’t really missed an initially injured Itumeleng Khune in storming to the top of the Absa Premiership.

Khuzwayo, in a handful of club appearances, even did enough to find himself in Shakes Mashaba’s Bafana Bafana squad, and played against Ghana at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals, despite reports of him having a big-headed attitude in camp.

Khune has slowly worked his way back into contention this year, and played his first league game since September against Ajax Cape Town on Wednesday night, though interestingly he has yet to sign a new contract at Amakhosi, while Khuzwayo has.  It presents Stuart Baxter with an interesting conundrum over who he will pick in Saturday’s derby, with Khune carrying vast experience, but Khuzwayo, who played in the Derby in December, likely to get the nod.

Pirates have no such selection dilemmas, with Brighton Mhlongo set to continue between the posts under Eric Tinkler. Mhlongo has massive gloves to fill in the form of the late Senzo Meyiwa, but has done pretty well, and even though the Buccaneers have now signed Siyabonga Mpontshane from Platinum Stars, he seems unlikely to shift Mhlongo out of the hot-seat on Saturday.