Golden Arrows' Clinton Larsen salutes Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune
Posted: 10 November 2017 Time: 10:20
Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen has applauded Itumeleng Khune for wanting to play with an injury in the two crunch World Cup qualifiers against Senegal.
Khune has been testing a protective mask in training after suffering a facial fracture in Kaizer Chiefs' Telkom Knockout win over Chippa United last Sunday following a collision with Kurt Lentjies.
Bafana coach Stuart Baxter is yet to reveal whether Khune will feature against the Teranga Lions at Peter Mokaba Stadium tonight.
The Amakhosi keeper impressed in the previous 3-1 win over Burkina Faso, having missed the back-to-back defeats to Cape Verde with a chest infection as Ronwen Williams and Wayne Sandilands failed to convince in goal.
"That is the attitude you are looking for, that is the spirit you are looking for from our professionals," said Larsen of Khune.
"Lots of players have done it in the past, some players have worn skull caps when they have had concussion and some have played with masks.
''I'm very proud that a player of his calibre is prepared to fight for his country, playing with the mask in a very, very important game for the country.
"I think also we've got a great crop of players at the moment, some young and exciting. The likes of Percy Tau, the likes of Keagan Dolly, Themba Zwane... they are a marvel to watch. Hopefully they will deliver when it matters most against Senegal," says Larsen, who earned two caps for South Africa against Holland and France in 1997.