local soccer 9.6.2015 03:31 pm

Khune ready for Bafana Bafana start

Itumeleng Khune of Bafana Bafana. (Photo by Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images)

Itumeleng Khune of Bafana Bafana. (Photo by Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images)

Itumeleng Khune believes that he is ready to step between the posts for Bafana Bafana when they face Gambia at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

Khune wasn’t involved in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers because of injury, with the late Senzo Meyiwa having taken over the number one jersey from him.

He was then also not selected for the 2015 finals in Equtorial Guinea.

Another Umlazi-born shot-stopper, Brilliant Khuzwayo, also made Khune play second fiddle at club level for much of the season at Kaizer Chiefs. The two will resume their rivalry for the Bafana number one jersey, along with Jackson Mabokgwane, at the start of the 2017 Afcon qualifiers against Gambia.

“I think I played seven games coming from the injury,” Khune said. “I am still on the same level. The experience that I have picked up over the years is going to play a big part in me going forward and helping the team to win games.

“It’s good to be back in the national team. All the goalkeepers that are here are very competitive. But we support and push one another for the benefit of the country. Whoever gets to start the game on Saturday, the other two will definitely be behind him so that he can do well for the country.”

Shakes Mashaba has insisted that he will continue to rotate goalkeepers and captaincy which means there will be another goalkeeper when Bafana Bafana take on Angola in an international friendly in Cape Town on June 16.

READ: Mashaba will rotate keepers

Tokelo Rantie was still not around when the team trained on Tuesday morning. The Bafana Bafana striker got married on the weekend. Mashaba should know if he will join the camp or not by the end of the day.

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