Khune endured criticism before the tournament started, with the likes of Benni McCarthy and Nathan Paulse questioning his inclusion as one of South Africa’s overage players.
In the end, Khune more than justified his selection with a string of fine saves over South Africa’s three group matches, but Owen Da Gama’s side were unable to build on a hard-fought goalless draw with Brazil in their opening match.
“Some people don’t appreciate out there.if u think u can do a better job than most of us,u better come out and play .haai maan.nxn,” tweeted the South Africa and Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper.
The Bafana Bafana goalkeeper later deleted the tweet.
Khune is silly…!!! No wonder he deleted this tweet. pic.twitter.com/2Beu0yBElr
— Lord Maqhawe (@MaqPaulM) 11 August 2016
South Africa lost 1-0 to Denmark in their next match, meaning they needed to beat Iraq on Wednesday to stand a chance of progressing. As it was, despite taking the lead through Gift Motupa’s goal, South Africa drew 1-1 and might have lost the game, with Iraq the better side, hitting the woodwork three times.