Khune: God Sent Me To Serve The People
Itumeleng Khune says that he was answering ‘the call from God’ by playing in the World Cup qualifier against Senegal last week, saying he was sent to serve the people of South Africa.
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Khune was a doubt for the game after suffering a facial fracture while playing for Kaizer Chiefs, however, donned a protective mask in order to feature for Stuart Baxter’s side, and he believes that it was the right thing to do, even though it was a risk.
Speaking over the weekend, he said, “Having to play with the mask was a risk I had to take because I always put my country first.
"I enjoy what I do, I love what I do. For me, it was only a simple decision to make on the day of the match, even though it was a frustrating week ahead of the match. But on the day of the match, that's when I made the decision I will take part in the match and help the team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
"But things didn't go well, but I was glad I managed to play and take all the risks because I think it was a calling from the Almighty. He sent me to this world for a purpose, to serve the people of the nation. It was all about me because when I woke up I just felt like I was never injured, even though I was still in pain, even though I was still bruised.
“I just had to answer the call from God, who sent me to this camp to serve the people of South Africa. So it felt great to play in the mask even though people made fun of it, but for me, I knew I was doing the right thing."
Bafana now face the Senegalese once again – this time in Dakar, in a dead rubber game following the Teranga Lions’ qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.