Rainer Dinkelacker explains Rowen Fernandez's influence on Itumeleng Khune's distribution skills
Posted: 10 January 2017 Time: 11:27
Former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper trainer Rainer Dinkelacker has offered insight on how Itumeleng Khune came to possess outstanding distribution skills, in particular his trademark 'side volley'.
Dinkelacker was a key figure in Khune's rise at Amakhosi, mentoring the Bafana Bafana shot-stopper in two spells at Naturena.
The German, who is now back home, has revealed how ex-Chiefs keeper Rowen Fernandez came up with the side volley that Khune has added to his game with impressive effect.
"Khune's distribution is a key weapon for the team and very early he mastered this," Dinkelacker told the latest edition of KICK OFF Magazine.
"It was actually Rowen, who came up with the side volley technique of distributing the ball fast and flat, but Khune showed he was excellent at it.
"I used to have a tournament between the goalkeepers to see who could hit a target that we would move to different parts of the training pitch and Khune was always very good. This sets him apart and turns defence into attack very quickly for the team."
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