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Itumeleng Khune amongst favourites for Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season award

Posted: 27 December 2017 Time: 19:00

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune looks a hot favourite for the Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season award at the midway stage of the campaign.

With the season reaching the halfway stage, many individuals will already be eying individual awards for their personal trophy cabinets as they target a strong second half to the campaign.

According to STATS, Khune is amongst the favourites to lift the top goalkeeper award for a fourth time, as he tops the charts for clean sheets as well as goals conceded per 90 minutes.

The Bafana Bafana number-one currently boasts eight clean sheets in 13 league appearances, with an average of 0,46 goals conceded per 90 minutes, and has saved his club side from defeat on numerous occasions thus far.

However, Chippa United’s Daniel Akpeyi is hot on Khune’s heels, and is gunning for his maiden individual accolade in the PSL, having kept six clean sheets in 11 appearances with an average of 0,47 goals conceded per 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, Mamelodi Sundowns’ Denis Onyango is on similar figures to Akpeyi, with six clean sheets in 11 matches, but has conceded two more goals, thus taking his average goals conceded per 90 minutes to 0,64.

Surprisingly, Maritzburg United keeper Richard Ofori also remains in the hunt for the best goalkeeper in the league award in his first season in the PSL, having kept six clean sheets in 11 games with an average of 0,67 goals conceded.

While Ofori might trail Khune on the goals conceded chart, the 24-year-old Ghanaian is ahead when it comes to saves per 90 minutes, having stopped an average of 3,45 shots compared to ‘Itu’s’ 2,85 per match.

While Akpeyi might have the best save percentage at this stage, with 87 percent against 24 shots on target, Khune has faced more than double the amount of shots on target (54) to his Nigerian counterpart, and still boasts an average of 86 percent.

Khune also leads the standings for penalty saves this season, having thwarted Rhulani Manzini and Evans Rusike from 12-yards out, while Cape Town City's Shu-Aib Walters is the only other goalkeeper to have stopped a spot-kick.

Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)
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