- Khune has returned to the field after a long injury
- However, the former number one has been relegated to the bench
- The keeper says he will work hard to regain his position as the nation's top goalkeeper
Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune is back on the bench. Although the player is fit to get back on the field, coach Ernst Middendorp has decided to stick with Daniel Akpeyi - for now.
Khune made his first appearance over the weekend for the Glamour Boys after nearly six months of being off due to injury. However, Middendorp is not quite ready to let go of his Nigerian golden boy who has had a fantastic run in recent days. He will be heading the goals when they face Maritzburg United in an Absa Premiership clash at FNB Stadium this weekend.
Khune has not given up hope, however. According to the The Daily Sun, the determined keeper said:
“I will bounce back."
The keeper wants to reclaim his position at both Kaizer Chiefs and the national squad. He plans on training hard and earning his way back into the starting 11.
The 32-year-old has also lamented that age is not on his side any more.
“Yes, we age like fine wine as goalkeepers, but I have to invest in my body if I want to play till 40s.”
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