Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana veteran Itumeleng Khune celebrates 10 years at Naturena
Posted: 25 August 2017 Time: 13:10
Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune today celebrates 10 years to the day since he made his PSL debut in the colours of the club that he remains contracted to.
It was on August 25, 2007 that Khune was finally thrown into the Amakhosi fray after three years of waiting for his opportunity, having initially started training with the first team as a teenager back in 2004.
That breakthrough game was the second league match of the 2007/08 season, against Jomo Cosmos, which eventually ended 1-1 at the ABSA Stadium in Durban.
Mushin Ertugral was in charge of Chiefs in that campaign, with the three keepers in the Glamour Boys squad at that time being Khune, Emille Baron and Austrian flop Markus Bocskor, while Ryan Wuest also provided competition although he was not registered that year.
Baron started the first league game against Benoni Premier United but then made way for Khune in the next, and he went on to total 33 appearances in that debut season in which he also went on to win seven Bafana Bafana caps.
Khune’s career has since grown so massively that he now sits on 83 senior national team caps, making him the most-capped goalkeeper in the history of Bafana and third most-capped player behind Aaron Mokoena (108) and Siphiwe Tshabalala (88).
Khune has also been capped for the national Under-17, U20 and U23 teams and has won every trophy on offer on the domestic scene while also taking home just about every personal award.
The 30-year-old was discharged from hospital yesterday after being admitted with a chest infection, which forced him to miss the first two league games of the season.
He is now recovering at home but will also miss the back-to-back 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Cape Verde following his withdrawal from the national team for the same medical reasons.