Chiefs' big win finally falls for Khune

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs’ famous win over Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday was a milestone for Itumeleng Khune, who is yet to keep a league clean sheet after 10 games.

Since making his professional debut in 2007, the 2020/21 season will go down as the longest that Khune has had to wait for a league clean sheet and victory.

The longest that Khune has previously gone without keeping a clean sheet was in the 2010/11 campaign, when he went six games without a shut-out but Chiefs won four of those games. 

This season, the 33-year-old has come under scrutiny as he battles his way through a campaign which will not rank amongst his personal best based on his own standards.

The howlers he has committed have affected his confidence in a season pumping up suggestions that he may be allowed to leave Naturena at the end of June.

Such has been the way that Khune has been getting beaten that in the 10 league games he has played thus far, that he has conceded 17 goals, which is an average of almost two per game.

Chiefs have accumulated a mere seven points from the 10 games he has played, while winning only once – Sunday's famous victory over Sundowns, drawing three and losing five.

In comparison, the Bafana Bafana shot-stopper's competitor Daniel Akpeyi has played 13 league games, kept six clean sheets and conceded 10 goals, while having contributed to five victories for the team.

When the Nigerian international has played, Chiefs have collected 21 points, which is three quarters of the total they currently have in the bag.

From 23 league games Gavin Hunt's charges have played to date, they have conceded 27 times.

All the four clean sheets that Khune has kept this term have been in the CAF Champions League while Akpeyi has totalled 11 without conceding in all competitions.

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