Khune trumpets penalty exploits

Telkom Knockout

Khune saved two spot-kicks on Sunday to help Chiefs prevail 4-2 in the quarter-finals of the competition after 120 minutes of football produced a 1-1 stalemate at Charles Mopeli Stadium.

He was likewise influential in the tournament decider six years ago, when Amakhosi defeated Mamelodi Sundowns on penalties following a barren draw.

"The penalty saves brought back memories of the 2007 TKO," Khune told his club's official website. 

"The heroics were reminiscent of the saves I made when we lifted the trophy against Sundowns. 

"They were similar saves, from the bottom right-hand corner.

"Those saves feature prominently in the landmarks that brought me where I am today. 

"As a captain I have to inspire the team. The players believed in me to save the penalties. The guys came to encourage me before the penalty kicks and I couldn’t disappoint them."

The Bafana Bafana skipper feels his performance underlined why he has been nominated for honours at next month's SA Sports Awards.

Khune has been put forward for two prizes - the Sport Star of the Year and Sportsman of the Year respectively.

"It was also a moment to justify my nomination as the Sport Star of the Year and Sportsman of the Year in the SA Sports Awards.

"This performance must surely inspire people to vote for me in the category of Sport Star of the Year," concluded the 26-year-old.