Khune wary of De Gea-like decline


Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune has acknowledged that the coronavirus-enforced suspension of football will play a huge role in the form of goalkeepers when the Absa Premiership resumes.

With the PSL set to resume early next month and Chiefs to call Orlando Stadium home for the remainder of the 2019/20 Absa Premiership season within the Gauteng-based bio-bubble, Khune has commented on the long-awaited return.

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It's been nearly five months since the last league encounter in the South African top-flight and Khune has cited the stark decline in form of Manchester United's David de Gea and Leicester City's Kasper Schmeichel  – who were guilty of several high-profile errors as the Premier League saw out the final stage of the campaign.

Speaking to the club's official website, he lauded the camaraderie of the current keeper department that includes himself, Daniel Akpeyi, Bruce Bvuma and coach Lee Baxter.

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"I realise that the break, due to this Covid-19 pandemic, affected a lot of keepers, including Manchester United's David de Gea and Leicester City's Kasper Schmeichel," Khune explained.

"They didn't seem to have the same confidence as before the break. There was clearly a lot of business. Luckily, we have had a bit more time to prepare before the league restarts.

"We have also discussed various aspects in our 'Keeper Corner', which is us goalies communicating with our goalkeeper coach Lee Baxter."

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He continued: "It's basically about learning from the past to go forward. Going back into the field will all be about mental strength. We just need to be ready come 11 August."

"It's important for us to continue where we left off. We are at present in the number one spot and we don’t want to disappoint when we go past the finish line."

Khune has featured just four times across all competitions during the current season with injuries and the form of Nigeria international Akpeyi keeping him out the starting line-up.

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