Itumeleng Khune is a household name in South African soccer, known for his remarkable reflexes and excellent distribution skills. The goalkeeper has captained both Kaizer Chiefs and the national team, earning a reputation as one of the sport’s all-time greats.
Early Success and Rise to Fame
Khune’s journey began in 2007 when he saved three penalties in the Telkom Knockout final against Mamelodi Sundowns. However, it was his performance in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup that thrust him into the limelight. On the eve of his 22nd birthday, he saved a penalty from David Villa and made a sensational double save against Spain. Later, he became the second goalkeeper in FIFA World Cup history to be sent off in a match against Uruguay in 2010.
Continued Brilliance and Acclaim
Khune’s exceptional abilities have continued to impress soccer enthusiasts over the years, such as the René Higuita-inspired scorpion kick save in 2015. Former Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld praised Khune’s distribution, calling it “the best you will see anywhere.” Moreover, he was rated as one of the top 10 goalkeepers in FIFA 15 and placed 525th overall by FifaPlayerRatings.com.
Despite his impressive career, Khune’s future remains uncertain as his contract with Kaizer Chiefs nears its end. Although rumors suggest that the club and the player have had “positive” initial talks, Khune has stated that no formal discussions have occurred yet. Instead, he remains focused on finishing the current season on a high note.
Contract Extension and Playing Future
In July 2021, Khune signed a new two-year contract extension with Kaizer Chiefs, expressing his desire to play well into his 40s. He remains uncertain about whether he will continue with the club beyond this season, but he is not ready to retire yet. More precise contract discussions are expected to take place as the season draws to a close.
Awaiting the Outcome
Khune’s storied career and unmatched skills will always be remembered and celebrated by soccer enthusiasts worldwide. As fans eagerly await further developments, it is vital for the soccer community to support him no matter what the outcome of contract discussions turns out to be.