Bruce Bvuma and Brandon Petersen are the favoured keepers, while Khune has been out of favour for a while.
Itu has been doing well in practise like all the other keepers, but clearly he needed to be at a certain level for him to be prepared to play, according to Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane, a few days before the game.
In terms of preparedness and level of fitness, the other keepers are in a better position than him.
Khune is perhaps the favourite of Amakhosi supporters and South Africa’s most adored player of the current age, despite the fact that he has fallen out of favour with Chiefs and Bafana Bafana.
The technical team removed the mothball trappings and put him between the posts for the MTN8 quarter-final after supporters began to demand that Chiefs play him for the preceding two weeks.
Even though Stellenbosch had the most of possession, they only managed to get four shots on goal, thus he wasn’t put to a lot of test throughout the game.
Khune’s saves, which allowed Chiefs to advance to the semifinals, were praised by many on social media after the game.
Itumeleng Khune is our Hero, Captain Fantastic, Mzansi’s Finest, Show stopper, and Khune the Hero, to name a few of the posts that stood out. Itu made two tremendous stops; Itumeleng Khune, who continues to be among the best goalkeepers in the world, is back, ladies and gentlemen.
We should be grateful for his assistance. All praise goes to Itumeleng Khune, the one player who can always rescue Kaizer Chiefs in a dire circumstance. Pure class; Give us Barcelona, our Khune is back.
Detractors of Khune included those who believed William Likuta and Deano van Rooyen’s two saved penalties for Stellenbosch were ineffective efforts.
They may have been ineffective, but Khune had a keen sense of anticipation, and his dives were precise.
Additionally, several supporters blamed Khune for the goal by Stellenbosch. Khune went well off his line to stop the threat at the outside of the penalty area before reaching the goal.
He was able to go past Stellies when he left his goal unattended.
The ball was smothered too early by Khune as he went to ground too soon after a defender signalled to him to remain on his line.
Khune will choose himself for the starting XI to play against AmaZulu in the Premiership at FNB Stadium on Saturday based on his performance. Chiefs play Marumo Gallants and SuperSport United after that.