Khune is “well and in good spirits”


Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has said that veteran goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune is “well and in good spirits” following his return to the ‘Amakhosi’ and Bafana Bafana camp.

Khune was granted compassionate leave after the death of his sister, Mapula last month and missed a number of games including Chiefs’ 1-0 victory over rivals Orlando Pirates on Sunday but he has seen in the stands at FNB Stadium.

There were question marks over whether Khune will form part of the Bafana squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against Ghana at FNB Stadium on Thursday and Sudan in Khartoum on Sunday.

“He is back now and seems in good spirit and he went away to the Bafana Bafana camp. Khune trained with us the last two or three days and before the game (Soweto Derby) to do a little bit,” said Hunt.”

He was one of the five players to check-in for the national team camp late on Sunday ahead of the Group C back-to-back Afcon qualifiers.

“I’m happy he’ll have a full week of training with Bafana. If he gets to play, I don’t know. We got a friendly this week and I would have liked him to play but he’s not going to be here, but it is okay.”

Khune, who in recent years has been troubled by injuries has struggled for form over the last two campaigns and made a minimal contribution at club level.

In the process, the experienced goalkeeper – the second-most capped player for Bafana with 91 caps lost the No 1 jersey to Ronwen Williams at Bafana and also at Chiefs to Daniel Akpeyi.

“It has been stressing time for him and I mean I don’t have to say it. What he has been through, I don’t want to talk about it.  The club is here to help him tremendously, that’s all I can say,” concluded Hunt.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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