Chiefs’ Bvuma impresses

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - MARC STRY­DOM ja‚

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Mid­den­dorp has said he was im­pressed with Amakhosi’s re­serve goal­keeper Bruce Bvuma in a friendly against Werder Bre­men‚ sug­gest­ing the club will not delve into the trans­fer mar­ket for added cover for in­jured Itume­leng Khune.

Spec­u­la­tion has been that‚ with Bafana Bafana num­ber one Khune po­ten­tially out for the rest of the sea­son with a shoul­der in­jury‚ Chiefs might aim to sign a goal­keeper in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

Cur­rently they are left with Vir­gil Vries‚ Bvuma and re­serve team keeper Bry­lon Petersen.

Asked about the ’keeper sit­u­a­tion, Mid­den­dorp seemed to sug­gest he was sat­is­fied with the cover Bvuma could pro­vide for Vries.

Bvuma played the first two quar­ters of 25 min­utes of Chiefs’ closed-doors friendly against win­ter-tour­ing Bun­desliga team Bre­men last Sun­day‚ where Amakhosi were 1-0 down be­fore a storm ruled out the sec­ond two quar­ters.

“With what I saw on Sun­day I must say I was very im­pressed with Bruce. I hadn’t seen him re­ally be­fore‚ ex­cept in train­ing and some­times I was think­ing‚ ‘Oh‚ is this enough?’‚” Mid­den­dorp said.

“But the match on the week­end re­ally gave me peace that we have an­other qual­ity player.”

Bvuma will have trav­elled with Chiefs for Sun­day af­ter­noon’s Caf Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup play-off round first-leg match against Zesco United at Levy Mwanawasa Sta­dium in Ndola Zam­bia.

Con­ti­nen­tal foot­ball is as much about men­tal tough­ness and at­ti­tude as abil­ity.

Mid­den­dorp was asked if he feels his squad at Chiefs have that.

“I have played Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fi­ca­tion stages with Asante Ko­toko. With Hearts of Oak Ac­cra, I was with them in the group stage when they went on to win it later.

“So‚ I think ac­tu­ally play­ers we have – with a good at­ti­tude and be­hav­iour‚ and a will­ing­ness to do stuff right – what we are do­ing dur­ing the week – ab­so­lutely.”

The sec­ond leg against Zesco will be played at the FNB Sta­dium on Satur­day at 8pm.

The match gave me peace that we have an­other qual­ity player

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