Kaizer Chiefs keeper Bruce Bvuma. Image: (@BruceBvuma/Instagram)

Kaizer Chiefs keeper Bruce Bvuma. Image: (@BruceBvuma/Instagram)

‘Do I miss him? Of course, I do’: Bvuma on Khune’s absence

Suspended legend Itumeleng Khune leaves his mark on Kaizer Chiefs, mentoring rising star Bruce Bvuma who now shines in the spotlight.

Kaizer Chiefs keeper Bruce Bvuma. Image: (@BruceBvuma/Instagram)

Kaizer Chiefs keeper Bruce Bvuma. Image: (@BruceBvuma/Instagram)

Bruce Bvuma, Kaizer Chiefs’ goalkeeper, has offered a candid perspective on his relationship with the club’s suspended star, Itumeleng Khune. While Khune’s absence is felt on the field, his influence and mentorship remain vital for Bvuma’s development.

Khune: A Legend’s Uncertain Path

Khune’s distinguished career with Kaizer Chiefs, spanning nearly two decades, hit a roadblock when he was suspended for misconduct. The 37-year-old’s indiscretion resulted in his removal as captain and subsequent absence from the first team.

This turn of events elevated Bvuma to the starting role, a position he has embraced with determination.

Khune’s Enduring Influence on Chiefs’ Keepers

The 2023/24 season began with uncertainty in the goalkeeper position. Brandon Petersen initially held the starting spot, with Khune relegated to the bench. However, Petersen’s inconsistencies led to Khune’s return. Yet, the disciplinary episode shifted the dynamics once again, paving the way for Bvuma to step into the spotlight.

“He [Khune] is a legend of the club and a legend of South African football; this is one person that we all idolised growing up, especially with a lot of us goalkeepers,” Bvuma revealed.

“I have learned a lot from him and with everything that’s going on, he is someone that I am very close to. We do talk quite a lot and he is happy with me playing and performing for the team. Do I miss him? Of course, I do.”

The Future: What Lies Ahead for the Chiefs’ Keepers

Bvuma and Petersen’s recent contract extensions signal their long-term commitment to the Amakhosi, allowing them to solidify their roles. Khune’s path is less certain.

His contract expires at the season’s end, leaving his playing future unclear. However, there’s speculation that should Khune retire from playing, Chiefs management may offer him a transition into a coaching or ambassadorial role, leveraging his vast experience and legendary status.