Former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper and club legend Brian Baloyi has offered timely advice for struggling star goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.
The Amakhosi shot-stopper has been the subject of all the wrong headlines in the past two years as his form dwindled for both club and country.
Khune did not only struggle with form but for long periods nurtured niggling injuries as well, which saw him become Daniel Akpeyi's understudy at Chiefs.
Meanwhile, the 33-year-old was also down the pecking order at Bafana Bafana with Ronwen Williams entrusted with the starting job between the post.
Speaking to KickOff website, Baloyi has urged Khune "to give it fight" as he reaches the final years of his career.
"Everyone at some point will have a dip in form in their careers. For Itu, when he started and he was young, he never had much challenges. Everything was rosy," Baloyi said.
"This is the first time he faces serious challenges. This is the time he needs to step up and give it a fight – more than anything, prove to himself that he is one of the best goalkeepers we have had in the country.
"This is not the way he would want to go out [into retirement]. He would have to fight, make a comeback and stamp his authority to get that respect again."
Meanwhile, Chiefs are back in action this weekend in their final CAF Champions League tie against Horoya and desperately need a win or a scoring draw to advance to the knockout rounds of the continental competition.
Kick-off is at 21:00 on Saturday.