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The keeper wants a regular starting spot.

Arthur Bartman says he is going to push Itumeleng Khune all the way in order to retain Kaizer Chiefs’ No. 1 jersey.

The Pietermaritzburg-born keeper was in fine form, playing 14 consecutive league games before Khune’s return from injury, after three months sidelined. Khune has played in the past seven games, but received a red card against AmaZulu in Amakhosi’s last game of the year.

Now Bartman could reclaim the number one shirt when Chiefs return to action on February 3 away to Soweto rivals, Moroka Swallows and says he is prepared for the challenge.

“I always work hard and I have been learning a lot from Khune. You are never too old to learn,” said the 37-year-old, according to

Bartman said the competition between him and Khune will benefit everyone. “The competition is good for the team and I’m going to push him all the way. Nothing comes easy in life, so I have to work hard. Hopefully I’m going to retain the jersey,” Bartman concludes.

The veteran keeper has so far conceded 14 goals in his 14 starts for Amakhosi.