Khune in possible Chiefs return

Premiership

Itumeleng Khune has declared his commitment to Kaizer Chiefs with a possible return to action anticipated this week.

Khune has faced an extended period out of the Chiefs squad with Brandon Petersen the preferred choice between the sticks.

The veteran keeper has made just one appearance this season which was in the MTN8 opener back in August.

The veteran goalkeeper has not featured in the DStv Premiership at all and missed his tenth consecutive Soweto derby in the club's previous fixture.

However, with Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos revealing that he was forced to drop Chiefs keeper Brandon Petersen because of injury it could pave the way for a Khune return.

Petersen has featured in all four previous matches for Chiefs this year with Bruce Bvuma acting as cover from the bench.

If Bvuma – who has been selected for the Bafana Bafana squad – is given the nod to start against Golden Arrows on Saturday, then either Khune or Akpeyi could likely take up a place on the bench.

"I’ve had quite a number of injuries in my career," Khune told Kaizer Chiefs TV recently.

"The one that scared me the most was the shoulder injury that kept me out for nine months.

"That was the longest and most frustrating injury that I’ve had. I’m glad that I’m 100% better now and willing to go the extra mile for the club. 

"The legacy that I want to leave when I retire is for people to remember that Itumeleng Khune was there and that Itumeleng Khune played a huge role. There’s no one who wants to be remembered as a failure.

"I want to be remembered as having a major part of Kaizer Chiefs winning trophies and Kaizer Chiefs dominating South Africa football.

"I think I've played over 350 matches, and I've kept over 150 clean sheets if not 200. I want to take every opportunity that comes my way and use it to the best of my ability.

"When I retire, I want to know that I’ve given it my all," says Khune who was promoted to the first team in 2004.

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