Khune: We gave Komphela stress

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Itumeleng Khune recalled at Senzo Meyiwa's tombstone unveiling how he and his late friend gave coach Steve Komphela stress in the junior national team.

Both goalkeepers made their respective PSL debuts with Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in 2007 after coming from development and grew from competing for the number-one spot in the junior national sides to Bafana Bafana.

View the new tombstone that was unveiled to honour Senzo Meyiwa in the pictures above

Khune led the congregation and sang the pair's favourite song before speaking at Meyiwa's tombstone unveiling at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday.

The Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs veteran said his relationship with Meyiwa was different to others and shared some great moments of how they gave then-under-23 national team coach Komphela various issues to deal with.

"We had some good memories with my friend," Khune said. "I remember we were in Botswana for the national team and because we were inseparable because of our talent, we gave coach Steve Komphela stress.

"Coach Steve would start selecting the team from defenders without including keepers and asked players to vote on who should be in the starting line-up between the two of us.

"They couldn't separate us. At some point they were hoping to use us both."

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Khune shared a funny moment about how he and Meyiwa ended up damaging their hotel room in Botswana while playing PlayStation.

"In that Botswana camp, as we were very competitive, we were playing TV games and because we didn't want to lose we damaged our room. Every time I scored he would throw a chair and I would also do the same with the bed," Khune laughed.

"When we were leaving the hotel, we were called upon and the coach told us to avoid such. He would separate us whenever he called up the team."

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Khune said what broke him the most is that his friend passed away before he reached his full potential, and they still had big visions together.

"My friend passed away when he was on top of his game, and what pains me the most is he didn't achieve more than what he deserved," he added.

"I hope justice will be served because he deserves that. lala kahle mngani wami, I still miss you and we had vision."

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