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Brian Baloyi Believes Kaizer Chiefs’ Goalkeepers Hold the Keys to Improved Fortunes
- Brian Baloyi is a goalkeeping legend at Kaizer Chiefs and he has offered his sage advice
- Three goalkeepers have played for Kaizer Chiefs this season with a set of mixed results
- Amakhosi sit 10th on the DStv Premiership log having conceded 11 goals in 13 games
A past master has an idea of the importance of his position.
Former Kaizer Chiefs shot-stopper, Brian Baloyi, has questioned whether committing to a first-choice goalkeeper could set the tone for the rest of the squad.
The issue is not the leaking of goals or defensive frailty, but the leadership and stability created by having a settled number one.
A large variable is club legend and irrepressible dressing room personality, Itumeleng Khune who is currently in the dark over his alleged disciplinary issues.
Brandon Petersen was Khune's understudy but the latter angered teammates and fans by revealing Petersen's off-the-field mental health issues.
In stepped Bruce Bvuma, who after several months out, kept a clean sheet in their win against Moroka Swallows, releasing a well of emotion after the final whistle.
Singling out Khune, SABC Sport quoted Baloyi as saying:
"There’s a need for him to set an example for the team. The young goalkeepers, in particular, should aspire to emulate him, but this journey begins with on-field performance."
Regarding the two understudies, Baloyi said Petersen and Bvuma were too error-prone, but offered advice to young keepers. As per The Citizen, Balyoi said:
"Dealing with mistakes is a mental challenge, as it involves overcoming errors and shifting focus towards the future rather than dwelling on them.”
That said, Baloyi's solution was not to find a replacement but to trust them to rediscover their form by addressing their issues and cutting out the errors to plot a path to a productive season.
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