Local News 11.8.2016 10:46 am

Khune blasts critics after SA exit

Itumeleng Khune, goalkeeper of  South Africa in action during the match between South Africa and Iraq mens football for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 at Arena Corinthians. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

Itumeleng Khune, goalkeeper of South Africa in action during the match between South Africa and Iraq mens football for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 at Arena Corinthians. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

Itumeleng Khune has hit out at the team’s naysayers after South Africa were knocked out of Rio 2016 following 1-1 draw with Iraq on Wednesday night.

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.

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.

READ: SA U23 crash out of Olympic Games

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