- Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has vowed to reclaim his number one jersey for both club and country
- Khune has endured a frustrating period on the sidelines due to injury and has since been relegated to the bench
- The Bafana Bafana hero revealed that he is working hard behind the scenes to reclaim his spot in the first team
For more than a decade, goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has dominated the number one jersey for both Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana.
It wasn't easy seeing how the shot-stopper could be replaced, but football is a strange game.
Following two long spells on the sidelines through a shoulder then groin injury, Khune finds himself at a crossroads.
Despite being the darling of Naturena, Khune has been ousted by Nigerian goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.
Akepyi was recently roasted for his blunder against Maritzburg United, but coach Ernst Middendorp backed his man, as per a report by Briefly.co.za.
However, a determined Khune said, “I’ll bounce back and make sure I perform very well on the field to reclaim my position at Chiefs and at Bafana.”
KickOFF.com reported that Khune has been putting in the hard yards behind the scenes.
The 32-year-old added, “I don’t feel entitled, but I will work hard to reclaim [those positions] because that’s where I have been for years, so it’s very hard for that transition of being number-one for such a very long time."
Perhaps Khune can take heart from his inclusion in the starting lineup in the Nedbank Cup.
The competition could provide him with the perfect platform to remind Middendorp of what he brings to the table.
Although Khune has always been blessed with athleticism, his composure and leadership skills have been second to none.
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