Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has opened up about his situation at the club, while suggesting he will only retire after legendary Italian shot-stopper Gianluigi Buffon.
Khune was voted to feature in the DSTV Compact Cup and showed that he still has a lot left in him when he produced a fine performance for his side Warriors FC. He last played a competitive in August last year, when Amakhosi were beaten on penalties in the opening round of the MTN8 by Mamelodi Sundowns.
A lot has changed for Khune over the years, having to adjust to not being a regular at the club. He admits it's been difficult for him, but he has people around him who play a key role in ensuring that he does not give up.
"To be honest, it's quite difficult. But I have a good support structure around me. I've got people at the club who call me and encourage me not to throw in the towel. I've got my family, my wife, my daughters who keep putting a smile on my face at all times. I know that I don't do it for myself anymore. I do it for the people who believe in my talent and who believe I still have a lot to offer in this game. Whenever I wake up and drive to work, I know that I owe it to them and I leave my work place with a smile, knowing that I gave it my all," the 34-year-old told media at a DSTV Compact Cup press conference on Thursday.
Asked when how much more time he thinks he still has in his career, Khune said: "I will retire when I am older than (Gianluigi) Buffon. I can I will retire after him. I still have maybe 10 more years. To be quite honest, I am making a good investment in myself by investing in a gym at home. I do a lot of extras at my work place and even when I get home I am motivated to do extra (work), so that I can improve myself and be in good shape. My body is my investment. When I invest in my body, I can take me until I am over 40. That's what I am praying for.
"It means a lot and I am humbled by the reception I am getting from the country. I've been in this game for more than a decade and the fact that fans still appreciate my talent and what I can deliver on the day humbles me. I will keep rewarding them with great performances whenever I get given the opportunity."