Khune: I never wear dirty gloves

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“It’s been an absolute pleasure having to grace the South African fields and international as well by using my hands to catch the ball and make the supporters happy, represent Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana at the highest level for 13 straight seasons.”

These are the words of Kaizer Chiefs shot stopper Itumeleng Khune who has arguably the safest hands in South African football. He is calling on the football fans to take care of their hands as he does as a top goalkeeper to reduce the chances of being infected or spreading coronavirus.

Regularly and thoroughly washing your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitiser or with soap and water is one of the best prevention measures against the novel covid-19.

“It is very important to look after your hands, the hands are so important to an extent that you need them in everything you do, so they are very important, so protect them at all times… keep your hands clean, respect your hands, and you’ll protect yourself, your loved ones and the nation,” said Khune.

“You need to make sure that you wash them with either soap or any other essential that is available out there at least for 20 seconds…I’ve always looked after my hands. At one point I even wanted to insure them.

“Every time I take off my goalkeeper gloves I wash them and I wash my hands as well so I can keep performing at my best. I never wear a dirty pair of gloves, and the reward is that these hands have carried me for 13 straight seasons,” added Khune.

The Bafana Bafana international urges South Africans to work together in fighting the virus. “Stay at home and take care of your family. Wash your hands and sanitise them. Let’s follow what the government has asked from us as South African citizens to protect one another. Stay Safe and stay healthy,” he concluded.

As things stand, the 32-year-old has made 306 appearances for the Soweto giants  and has kept 144 clean sheets winning the league three times with Chiefs.

DID YOU KNOW?

Khune’s first save for Kaizer Chiefs was in the 2007-08 season against Jomo Cosmos?

“We were playing Jomo Cosmos at the Absa Stadium in Durban, and the game finished in a 1-1 draw. At one point in the match, there was a ball curled to my far post and I was at my near post. I remember moving across and tipping the ball over the crossbar. The stadium just roared and everybody started singing my name. That’s one of the memories I’ll cherish forever” – Khune.

“Vodacom is committed to joining every single South African in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 through a comprehensive Stay Safe and Stay Healthy focus that includes uninterrupted service to all of its customers while ensuring the safety of its staff, free online COVID-19 risk assessments and medical support in partnership with the Discovery Group, SMS awareness messaging to its over 44 million subscribers on hygiene in partnership with the Department of Health, and a multitude of personal, work and educational tools and tips to help South Africans through this challenging time.” – Vodacom Soccer. 

For more information on these initiatives, please go to https://www.vodacom.co.za/vodacom/coronavirus.

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