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Bafana Bafana coach Ntseki hopes for Khune boost

20 Feb 2020, 22:12 GMT+10

Cape Town - Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki suggests Itumeleng Khune will only be picked for the national team if he is selected regularly for his club Kaizer Chiefs.

Khune's last appearance for South Africa was in November 2018, and since then the stopper has struggled with injuries and have only made three appearances in all competitions so far this campaign.

Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp earlier confirmed Khune will return to the starting line-up in the Nedbank Cup Round of 16 encounter against Highlands Park on Saturday (kick-off is at 15:00).

"I can't say much because he just played one match, but we are hoping he gets more game time," Ntseki was quoted as saying by.

"Everything depends on the game plan when it comes to Kaizer Chiefs and the coaches, but every player is given a chance to play. We will always profile him (Khune) like any other South African player.

"Itumeleng played in the Nedbank Cup against Royal Eagles and was then on the bench, and many other players that we are looking at are currently playing.

"They will always be given that opportunity if ever they give us the quality we are looking for, especially when you profile your opponents and the system that you want to deploy on the day."

Khune has a little more than a month to prove his worth to Ntseki, with Bafana's Afcon qualifiers starting at the end of March.

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