Prior to the 2016 Rio Olympics, a lot of people criticised Owen DA Gama for including Itumeleng Khune as one of the two over-aged players in the South African under-23 squad.
But he made all those critics eat humble pie and Khune was simply outstanding in Rio and, had it not been for his heroics, the young Bafana team could have been embarrassed in Brazil.
Against Brazil, he stood between Selecao and victory, and against Denmark he also put in a good performance, but he proved why he's regarded as Mzansi’s finest in the final group game against Iraq.
The 1-1 scoreline was not a true reflection of the game, and Iraq completely out played Da Gama's chargers, but one man denied them victory on a number of occasions, and that's none other than Khune.
His ball distribution skills are arguably second to none in the world. It's a pity that a player of Khune's caliber hasn't made a move to a top European team, because the world needs to see this gem that South Africa has produced.
At 29 he's not getting any younger, but for a goalkeeper he's at the pinnacle of his career and deserves a move abroad.
You may have not watched Patson Banda, Joseph Setlhodi, Cyprian Maimane but if you watched the likes of Andre Arendse, Steve Crowley, Brain Baloyi, the late Senzo Meyiwa, Hans Vonk, Simon Gopane, Wade Du Plessis, John Tlale… the list is endless… you can still maintain that Khune is the best goalkeeper ever produced in this country!
Do you think Khune is South Africa’s best ever?
*This article was written by a Soccer Laduma reader and reflects their opinion, not that of Soccer Laduma.