Khune – This was my worst season

Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Following an injury plagued season, and having to compete with Reyaad Pieterse and Brilliant Khuzwayo for the number one position, Itumeleng Khune says this season was by far his worst in since his professional debut in the 2007/08 campaign.

Out of the 20 appearances Khune made for Kaizer Chiefs this season, he only managed to keep four clean sheets – very low for a player of Khune’s calibre.

“I would rate my season a five-and-a-half out of ten, reason being, yes I’ve been out injured for most of the season but when I came back, I came back stronger, hence I got my place back in Bafana and I was able to play well and add value to the team,” said the shot-stopper.

“I’ve admitted before that this is the season to forget, because out of my nine or ten years I’ve been playing in top-flight football, this has been the worst,” he added.

Khune’s best season was in 2013 when he led Chiefs to a league and Nedbank Cup double. The former Chiefs captain featured 30 times and kept 12 clean sheets.

He scooped individual accolades, including Footballer of the Season, Players’ Player of the Season, Goalkeeper of the Season, Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament, and the coveted the Sports Star of the Year award.

Khune is expected to be named today in Shakes Mashaba’s Bafana Bafana squad to play Gambia in a Gabon African Cup of Nations qualifier.

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