The Kaizer Chiefs skipper amassed approximately 2.2 million votes over the five-week period and ‘Spiderkid' is seemingly grateful for the support from the multitude of the Amakhosi fans.
"I'm so humbled by the support that I got from the fans and I would like to thank them for voting for me. I'm out of words," he says.
"I'm so happy to realise that so many people believe in me as a player. It really feels like my contribution in the field is valued and appreciated countrywide so now the challenge for me is to go out there on Saturday and make sure I don't disappoint my fans," he adds.
Bucs goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs got 1.1 million votes and his teammate Benni McCarthy was third in the popularity stakes with 917 679 votes to his name. In all, approximately 20.9 million votes were cast.
Meanwhile, Khune says he would be ready to take a penalty if necessary despite ballooning his shot over the crossbar in last year's Carling Black Label Cup that drew taunts from soccer fans and most importantly, handed the trophy to Chiefs' bitter rivals.
"I did practice penalties, but I don't think this time around the Carling Black Label Cup will be decided on penalties. If that happens, I'm more than ready to take one," he insists.