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Test looms for Bvuma


Coach Ernst Middendorp has now turned to Bvuma. So far, he hasn’t disappointed and has done what is required of him

IN THE FIRING LINE: Bruce Bvuma of Kaizer Chiefs will face a massive challenge on Sunday whenhe is set to face the full might of the Cape Town City strike-force. Picture: Sydney Mahlangu BackpagePix

BRUCE Bvuma can expect to be put to the test this weekend when Kaizer Chiefs battle it out with Cape Town City for a place in the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup.

The two sides will square off against each other at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

Bvuma, who has enjoyed a sparkling start since take over the gloves from Daniel Akpeyi, is set to continue between the sticks for Amakhosi.

He kept a clean sheet against Tornado FC in the first round and made it two on the trot in the cup competition against The Magic FC in the second round.

But he knows that the real test will be come against the Citizens on Sunday when he’ll be tested by City’s potent attack which includes the likes of Kermit Erasmus, Siphelele Mthembu and Gift Links, so he will have to be at his very best.

City are no push-overs. They are chasing a dream treble having already captured the MTN8 and are still in contention for the Nedbank Cup and Absa Premiership. They have passed some difficult tests against teams like Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits in recent weeks.

Chiefs have endured gloomy days without the services of their reliable goal-minder Itumeleng Khune, the Bafana Bafana star out injured for the rest of the season.

They have tried Virgil Vries but he failed dismally to stake his claim, committing numerous costly blunders. The club then signed Akpeyi from Chippa United in January but he has struggled to make his presence felt at Naturena.

So coach Ernst Middendorp has now turned to Bvuma. So far, he hasn’t disappointed and has done what is required of him.

He admirably performed his appointed task against SuperSport United before the Fifa break but consistency will have to be his best friend.

On Sunday there has to be the winner and Bvuma will be key for Amakhosi. This is a game that can change his career. He has an opportunity to earn himself hero status.

And being a knockout game there is the possibility that the game might also go to a penalty shoot-out, and Bvuma’s temperament will be tested.

A boost for the young Bvuma can come from the fact that he was drafted into the Bafana squad that defeated Libya last weekend. He ultimately didn’t make the final 18-man squad but being in the set-up surely gave him confidence going into the game against City.

It’s no secret that Chiefs haven’t won a cup since their double in 2014/15 when they lifted the Premiership and the MTN8.

Amakhosi are in desperate need of a cup, and the Nedbank Cup is their last realistic chance of ending their four-year trophy drought.

Their chances of winning the league are slim and they missed out on the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout.