Itumeleng Khune has forged into one of Kaizer Chiefs’ finest players in recent times, but Mzansi’s number one recently shared an incredible story of how he was rejected by the club, not once – but twice!
Khune’s rags to riches story is well documented.
Becoming of the club’s modern-day legends didn’t come without its challenges for the 34-year-old, who had to endure multiple challenges before being accepted into the club’s famed youth academy.
In a recent interview with the club’s official media department, the Ventersdorp-born shot stopper revealed how he had tried out for Amakhosi first as a striker and then later as a defender – both of which ended in heartbreak.
But Khune’s determination was relentless, and he would return to the club for a third time when there was a call made for goalkeepers.
“The coach was like, “guys if you know any of the goalkeepers that you can bring, please recommend [one]” and I said, “coach can I come back as a goalkeeper?” he said “you failed as a defender, you failed as striker and now you want to come back as a goalkeeper? Okay, you can come.” On Thursday I came back, and I had my first training session as a goalkeeper that day. I trained and I played, and he registered me by Friday and Saturday we played the Saturday,” he explained.
The rest as they say, is truly history.
In his 17-year stint with Amakhosi, Khune has managed to amass 13 major trophies with Amakhosi since being promoted to the first team in 2004.
Currently the longest-serving member of coach Stuart Baxter’s squad with 327 appearances, Khune will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the club’s best-ever players.
Khune is amongst six of the longest-serving players in the PSL