Itumeleng Khune confident of his place in the Bafana Bafana setup


Khune has been side-lined since December, after suffering a shoulder dislocation that required surgery, and could remain that way until the end of May.

His injury has seen him miss the last 12 games for his club as well as Bafana’s recent 2-1 victory over Libya in their final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday.

The 32-year-old has since admitted the frustration he has gone through having to watch on from afar but is confident he remains in the national team plans going forward.

“It’s a frustrating period of my career, but what can I do? I just have to support the guys. I’ve been part of the team and I’m still part of the team,” said Khune.

“And I’m proud of the boys. It is a frustrating period, but I will pull through.”

The long-standing number-one for both club and country also welcomes the competition he now faces following Darren Keet’s impressive display, and backs his counterpart to retain the jersey heading into the upcoming AFCON finals in Egypt.

“It’s always great to have all the departments competing and keeping each other on our toes. That we will leave to the coach,” he conceded.

“I still have to get back on the field and will have to work twice as hard to win my number-one jersey back, but Darren Keet did extremely well, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he keeps the jersey for the longest period of time.

Because I’ve also travelled that journey of being no 1 for over 10 years in the national team, and right now it shows the guys really want this jersey.

“The competition is what I like, and I welcome it with open arms.”