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THE BREAKDOWN: Why Khune Is Still The Best In Mzansi

Itumeleng Khune's Statistics Set Him Out Above Them All

By Kyle Smith - Jul 02, 2017 03:56 PM @KyleLaduma

Despite a relatively quiet season for Itumeleng Khune in 2016/17, he can still claim to be one of the best, if not the best, in the business and today we reveal why.

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Khune’s club, Kaizer Chiefs, endured a second consecutive trophyless campaign in the 2016/17 season and Khune recorded his fifth worst shutout record in his career, as well as conceding the sixth most goals, with just 10 clean sheets and 18 goals conceded in his 24 appearances in the Absa Premiership.

It may not be as impressive as the 21 goals conceded in 29 matches and 12 clean sheets that he kept in his PSL Footballer of the Year winning 2012/13 season, but, nonetheless, Khune finds himself amongst the elite in terms of goalkeepers throughout the league, in spite of a relatively poor season by Kaizer Chiefs’ standards, where they finished fourth and conceded 28 goals.

In fact, Khune spent spells on the sidelines through injury and his presence was missed, with just one clean sheet recorded during the six games that he missed in the 30-game league season.

Despite his fitness concerns, the 30-year-old remained at the top of his game when on the pitch and recorded 76 saves, the most in the league and at 3.2 saves per game, the third-highest average per 90 minutes. He also managed to concede the fourth least goals per 90 minutes, with just 0.76 goals conceded per game.

However, he can hardly take the blame for the goals conceded because he managed to save more than four of every five shots fired at him throughout the season, having saved 80.9% of the 103 shots on target that he faced this season – the best save % in the league. In addition to this, he made 4.22 saves per goal conceded, which was also the best figure in the league, with his closest competitor being Mamelodi Sundowns’ Denis Onyango, who fell way behind on 3.67 saves per goal conceded.

In addition to this, what will disappoint Khune is his clean sheet count. However, his 10 clean sheets were the joint highest tally in the league, with the league leader Patrick Tignyemb (12) playing two more games than the Chiefs talisman.

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It is quite clear, therefore, that Khune was arguably the best player in his position across the league, featuring near the top, if not right at the top, in each of the abovementioned categories. The only reason that the Bafana Bafana star might consider the recently closed season to not have been one of the best is due to the incredibly high standards that he sets for himself, although, there should be no doubt in fans’ and pundits’ minds that the Ventersdorp star is still a goalkeeper of the very highest quality.

 

Do you think Khune is still the best goalkeeper in the Absa Premiership?


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siyas23 Joined: 16 Dec 2013
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siyas23 Jul 03, 2017 09:58 AM
@Peace Ntshangase eish you are very stupid you just come and comment without reading an article hayi shame,if you take time and read and stop smoking ganja before you read
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siyas23 Jul 03, 2017 09:51 AM
If Khune is not the best then who will CowNyongo from Dunu? Hell no CowNyongo will remain cow till the end
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fisto vs starless trophyless donkeys Jul 03, 2017 08:21 AM
@zinjiva wa khosi now you proving Baxter words that zebra fans are idiots how come you compare a useless failure Khune with stars like Benny and Pinaar who played abroud.
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fisto vs starless trophyless donkeys Jul 03, 2017 08:16 AM
@kzorog heita my trophyless cow,you must understand that khune is the best at Naturena only ok
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Paninho Jul 02, 2017 11:59 PM
Who is the best in Africa?
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Khosi van toeka Jul 02, 2017 09:27 PM
Kaizer chiefs could have been PSL champions now only if komphela didn't bench spider kid and played his son bvuma.
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realjoe75 Jul 02, 2017 08:51 PM
Also the defensive approach of his team help his game a lot.chiefs & SSU are among the few more defensive minded teams in the league.just let him pen 6 month deal with teams like plk city,maritzburg or worse,pirates! and see his true potential.
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kzorog Jul 02, 2017 08:35 PM
It's hard to be a chiefs fan? Bt uyidunudunu fan.....ndunu fans are idiots...
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zion gate keeper Jul 02, 2017 08:24 PM
Its hard to be a chiefs fan ,u alweys comup wt booty lickin heading of imaginative theories
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kzorog Jul 02, 2017 08:11 PM
10% original ndunu fans....90% from wanders,amazulu(fisto)swallows ,jomo
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kzorog Jul 02, 2017 07:54 PM
@steve 17 no diffnt btwn onyango n gorilla
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kzorog Jul 02, 2017 07:53 PM
@fisto vs starless trophyless donkeys woooonga man hwzt?
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kzorog Jul 02, 2017 07:52 PM
H2h chiefs won more games vs ndunu n rats (fact)
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kzorog Jul 02, 2017 07:45 PM
Noshaya abalambile e africa.....ksemzansi Lana #empty handed
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kzorog Jul 02, 2017 07:43 PM
Best even in the world
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Michaeltshigama Jul 02, 2017 07:40 PM
Only at Zooreena not in Africa
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steve 17 Jul 02, 2017 07:26 PM
onyango is the best african goalkepper and khune is best kaizer thiefs goalkeeper,khune is a small boi when compered to onyango.
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radzuma Jul 02, 2017 07:09 PM
Best in Mzansi but not in Africa bcs we know Onyango and only
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zinjiva wa khosi Jul 02, 2017 07:04 PM
@sifisto are u trying to tell me that players like Benny,pienaar and khune are not best players bcz they never won anything with bafana bafana?u such a clueless cow my friend.are telling me zungu is not best player?
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Peace Ntshangase Jul 02, 2017 06:56 PM
He's the best in terms of what? What did he achieved lately? We have good goalkeepers who had achieved several in one season look we have Denis Onyango the reigning African best player bast in Africa or you think South Africa is bigger than Africa come on editor if Onyango was recognized by CAF who are you who can fail to recognize that? We have Rowen Williams who has achieved a lot lately than Khune and Derren Keet the reigning Absa and mtn 8 champions, where is Khune among those #KBY I remain

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