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Itumeleng Khune: Rotation policy keeps us on our toes at Kaizer Chiefs

16:45 GMT+4 26/10/2018
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The Amakhosi skipper has welcomed coach Solinas' decision to rotate his goalkeepers, and he believes that they have to share the work load

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune says coach Giovanni Solinas doesn't have to explain his decisions when it comes to his team selection.

The Amakhosi skipper was rested in last week's encounter against Black Leopards in the Telkom Knockout Cup where the Italian mentor opted to use Virgil Vries. 

Khune has welcomed the rotation policy and says he understands the coach because he is a professional.

“He really doesn’t owe me an explanation when he leaves me out,” Khune said to reporters.

The move by the coach to bench Khune was seen as an opportunity to refresh the Glamour Boys' squad ahead of the Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates on Saturday afternoon.

“I agree with the coach. If you have two international goalkeepers, why not rotate them?,” he asked.

“Even when the coach wanted to explain why he was putting me on the bench, I said it wasn’t necessary because I am a professional player and have been for many years,” continued the Bafana Bafana keeper.

“I have seen situations like these from other clubs where another goalkeeper plays the league games and others the Cup matches,” responded Khune.

“But he said he was explaining it to me out of respect because he won’t just make a decision and not inform me,” continued Khune.

With the Glamour Boys set to get their Caf Confederation Cup assignments next month, Solinas will have to divide the work load among his three goalkeepers, and 'Itu' has backed his boss.

“If you count all competitions and the Caf tournament, we would have played over 50 matches – including international matches. So, we need to share the load,” Khune said.

“We all go through that (not being guaranteed a starting spot), but it keeps us on our toes. I think if a player knows that he is going to play week in and week out, he ends up relaxing and not giving his all,” he said to the media.

“What coach Solinas is doing we respect, it’s his philosophy. That means we have to work hard and enjoy what we do and support those he picks,” concluded Khune.