The 2018/19 and 2019/20 are 2 seasons that Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune would quickly wish to forget in his entire career.
“Spider Kid” has been plagued by injuries since the club’s 2-1 win over Golden Arrows in December 2018 when he suffered a shoulder injury.
In his absence, Amakhosi have relied heavily on Nigerian international Daniel Akpeyi who was signed from Chippa United in January 2019, and the Super Eagles no1 hasn’t put a foot wrong.
Akpeyi has played 15 of the club’s 18 Absa Premiership games this season and has missed 3 games only against Highlands Park, AmaZulu and Chippa United.
DOES KHUNE STILL HAVE A FUTURE AT CHIEFS?
The answer is YES! An injury free Khune is arguably head and shoulders above the rest of the PSL goalkeepers. Khune is 32 and turning 33 in June and since keepers can play for a while, surely has a few more seasons to offer at Chiefs and is the club’s longest serving member and probably the highest earner at Chiefs. The club wouldn’t release or sell Khune locally unless it’s to a club from overseas.
Khune understands the culture at the club, the supporters and surely if Chiefs were to bring in a young goalkeeper or decide to give Bruce Bvuma a chance, the club would surely want that person to learn and take a leaf off Khune, that is just how important Khune is to this Chiefs team.
WHAT IT WOULD TAKE FOR “ITU” TO RECLAIM THE NUMBER 1 JERSEY?
Khune will have to push current number 1 Akpeyi at training for that no1 spot. Khune has in the past seen the likes of Arthur Bartman, Brilliant Khuzwayo, Reyaard Pieterse and Bvuma fighting him for that no1 jersey but they all failed to dethrone him.
Surely he is the best man who knows what it takes to be a Chiefs no1, and what it takes to dethrone number 1 from the goalkeeping posts.
By Shane Matsoyane