Khune inspired by Ronaldo & Messi

SA National Teams

Itumeleng Khune is taking his cues from the greatest players on the planet as he outlines his ambitions for the rest of his football career.

The already-legendary 33-year-old goalkeeper is one of the most decorated and successful footballers in the PSL but is still aiming for more.

Despite his challenges in the past two years with serious injuries, his hunger and passion for the game is still the same as it was back in 2007 when he made his debut.

Khune says there is more for him to achieve than what people think right now because of his lack of game-time.

"There's a lot that still needs to be achieved," he said from the Bafana Bafana camp.

"I mean if you see how hungry Cristiano Ronaldo is in each and every game, if you look at Lionel Messi too how hungry he is, I mean you can achieve everything you want.

"But you will always be hungry for more, that's my mentality, that I want to achieve what I want to achieve as long as I work hard. There are already keepers who are pushing me to fight for my place."

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Khune is the second-most-capped Bafana Bafana player with 91 appearances after former captain Aaron Mokoena, who has 107 caps, and plans to overtake the record held by 'Mbazo'.

"That's my ultimate goal, to match the record of our former skipper. He knows that and I've told him," he revealed.

"It is possible. It all takes dedication, discipline and to convince coaches to play me but it won't be easy having the goalkeeper of the season in the last two years [to compete with], and we've got [Darren] Keet playing in Europe.

"It's great competition that keeps us united and we are all here for one common goal, which is to represent the national team and get results."

Khune says he can't control the decisions of coaches on who to select and their philosophies, and admits the lack of continuity at national team level has not helped.

"It's been very difficult you know because we've been coached by a lot of coaches and to be quite honest, it takes time for us as players to settle down under new philosophies," he added.

"So at the end of the day the focus is not on me as Itumeleng Khune only, but on the team as a whole."

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