Kaizer Chiefs shot-stopper Itumeleng Khune has opened up on his struggles with fitness and recovery as he climbs back to full fitness.
Although his time on the field with Amakhosi has declined over recent seasons, Itumeleng Khune seems to have turned a new leaf as he bids to reclaim the number one spot in the Chiefs’ goal-keeping department.
After ramping his training regime and utilising the services of a personal trainer, as well Kaizer Chiefs' individual training programme, Khune’s efforts were rewarded with starting position in the quarter-finals of the MTN8 against Stellenbosch – his first appearance this season.
On the day, not even extra time was enough to separate the sides. Khune did however emerge the hero for Amakhosi when he saved two penalties in the subsequent penalty shootout to knock Stellies out of the competition.
Despite his heroics, the shot-stopper admitted the game took a lot out of him.
"For the past three seasons I haven’t been playing so many games and the body now is not used to that," he said.
"Because after playing 123 minutes against Stellenbosch, It took me four days to recover fully, even though I was doing ice baths and all the recovery methods you could use. It took me about four days."
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Khune was again in the starting lineup as Chiefs took on AmaZulu. The game ended at 0-0 and gave him his first clean sheet of the season.
He was also in goal for Amakhosi during last week's 1-1 draw against Marumo Gallants and as he continues his road back to fitness, he says he feels the results are kicking in.
"Now the body is slowly getting back into recovering after a day or two after a match and hopefully, [I will be] keeping that number one spot for a long time," Khune added.
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