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Khune’s Former Teammate: He’s Very Good, But…

Is Kaizer Chiefs' Itumeleng Khune Good Enough To Be In Europe

By Soccer Laduma - Mar 16, 2018 05:00 PM
Itumeleng Khune’s stats may be comparable to his counterparts in Europe’s biggest leagues, but Rowen Fernandez says that he’d need to be playing there to really make the comparison.
 
Take a look how Khune compares in terms of save percentage in the gallery above
 
In this week’s Soccer Laduma we broke down why the 30-year-old shot-stopper was so vitally important to Kaizer Chiefs, collecting 12 clean sheets and numerous Man of the Match awards as he enjoys one of his best seasons in recent years.
 
 
With more clean sheets than big names such as Sven Ulreich (10) and Gigi Buffon (8), the question was asked whether he was at the same level as those playing at some of the biggest leagues in the world, but Fernandez – Khune’s former teammate with the Glamour Boys – says that it would be unfair to compare anybody in the Absa Premiership to those leagues like LaLiga.
 
Speaking to the Siya crew, the former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper said, “To be honest, you can’t compare playing in African leagues to conditions out in Europe. You can’t compare the Bundesliga, LaLiga, Serie A and English Premier League to local football in the Absa Premiership.
 

Fernandez & Khune

 
“Khune is a very good goalkeeper, don’t get me wrong. His stats are extremely good and he is undoubtedly one of the best ‘keepers in the country, and his distribution is a big, big strong point of his. But you can’t compare what he’s up against to what the guys in the big leagues are playing against.” 
 
 
Fernandez, who retired in 2015 after a long career that saw him spend four years with Bundesliga outfit, Arminia Bielefeld.
 
Go check out the feature ‘How Khune Has Saved Chiefs’ in issue 1064 of Soccer Laduma. 
 

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Snethe Joined: 03 Feb 2015
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Snethe Mar 20, 2018 09:46 AM
He is one othe best in the world irrespective of where he is playing, He is 10 times better than what you were rowen. Khune never dissapoints
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The Ghost himself Mar 17, 2018 11:55 AM
Khune have worked so hard and thats paying off.. what I like about him is that he is showing that he is not depending on defenders as Chiefs ony defender is Cardoso now, coz the rest are dead... take a look at Areola of PSG, look the saves he made in the Champions Ligue against Real Madrid but they lost those games, that is because French ligue 1 us not competitive enough and in champions ligue you face teams from competitive Ligues. That is why SA is failing in African competitions, our Bafana keepers are used to dealing with low quality strikers while in African competions they are dealing with strikers playing in Europe.. if the defenders are failing to protect a keeper those players know how to pick a spot
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The Ghost himself Mar 17, 2018 11:38 AM
I think Fernandez has a point... I mean in EPL they have top quality strikers, in Spanish Laliga they they have top quality strikers, in German Bundesliga they have top quality strikers, in Italian Serie A they have top quality strikers in South Africa we lack there in attack... take for example, Orlando Pirates, they are playing football without natural strikers lately, our Strikers are Foster and Gabuza but you see its always Memela, Lorch, Morrison, Qalinge, Kutumela and Shonga upfront ofwhich those are attacking wingers... Chiefs used to have no strikers also with Moon on the bench but they now have Castro... Paez is not the main striker, Parker is not the striker so Khompela used to play Parker as false striker.... Look at Sundowns they play Tau as striker but he is actually playing on the sides not as a target striker, talking about a striker look at Majoro thats the striker, look a Zakri, look at Khanyeza and Nomvethe, look at Moon and Castro, look at Brockie those are strikers... count the goals scored by those strikers and tell me, is it that Fernandez is jelousy or is it just the quality of strikers PSL have?? Khune is the best in the PSL and one of the best in Africa as whole, maybe only El Hadary is better than him, that we can't take away from him... buf comparing him to the likes of Nouer, Hart, De Gea, Buffon etc is too much... I agree with Fernandez
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dellah Joined: 21 Nov 2017
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dellah Mar 17, 2018 10:16 AM
Too many clean sheets, trophies dololo.
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Schakos Joined: 08 Aug 2014
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Schakos Mar 17, 2018 10:09 AM
The PSL is too ordinary to judge Khune,he will have to play there to see how good he is, like what Rowen is saying
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dellah Joined: 21 Nov 2017
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dellah Mar 17, 2018 09:46 AM
Mrng soccerladuma faithfuls, dis comparison doesn't make sense.
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mjmbanjwa82@gmail.com Mar 17, 2018 09:24 AM
But mlungu you know he is far better than you and your chomies combined,you,keet only went overseas mainly because,you know mos not that you were better than Khune.lest we not forget
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Tsikinosky Joined: 08 Jun 2016
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Tsikinosky Mar 17, 2018 08:18 AM
@Sergio24 u dreamng dude we r nt talking abt friendlies. Cowne cost the U23s in WC rememba?
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Tsikinosky Mar 17, 2018 08:15 AM
@Sergio24 u dreamng dude we r nt talking abt friendlies. Cowne cost the U23s in WC rememba?
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zinho_mao1st Mar 17, 2018 08:14 AM
Fernandez always speaks what is in his mind."Khune is good don't get me wrong",he said. In Africa Khune is one of the best and surely better worldwide
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Tsikinosky Mar 17, 2018 08:11 AM
He's only gud against small teams. We cn't compare him wth keepers playing against strikers who score more thn 40 goals per season.
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Mumm_Rubi Mar 17, 2018 08:06 AM
He's only good for PSL
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Qhaf-Qhaf Mar 17, 2018 08:03 AM
Khune is the best goalkeeper at Chimps but not in Africa . At Chimps they are happy with him as long as he distribute a ball to his players 100% . Diego Forlan showed the world the weakness of the Fat-one by scoring from centreline .
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Sergio24 Joined: 17 Mar 2018
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Sergio24 Mar 17, 2018 07:48 AM
You people forget how many times khune save south Africa from those guys,villa,bail and Perter crouch,s header remember that in overseas bail and crouch score what about Brazil how many time did he save as
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fanist Mar 17, 2018 07:13 AM
Khune can't be compared to European goalkeepers because our strikers are not like European strikers. His so good here in Africa that I'm sho of.
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mccrobert Mar 17, 2018 06:57 AM
comparing khune to overseas goalkeepers is lack of football brains n it shows that in south africa.our country,we just praise without knowing what are we praising,there is no strikers in our psl,in europe top goalscorer has 24 to 30 in portugal,in our psl,top goalscorer has 10 league goals,this is where khune is,3 weeks ago khune was victimized n destroyed by orlando boyz led by average memela,u can't compare n plis don't
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Siyamm Joined: 17 Mar 2018
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Siyamm Mar 17, 2018 05:58 AM
Two thirds of games already played in PSL but the leading goal scorer has 10 goals. Compare that with leading goalscorer in EPL and u can see that if there are no strikers then u don't goalkeepers. Surely if he was up to international standard, no doubt other leagues would hv snatched him
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The Ghost himself Mar 16, 2018 11:52 PM
Khune is strong but can't be compared with Nouer or de gea
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Chicharito07 Mar 16, 2018 11:33 PM
Okay my brother@SL_hated_donkey
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LeCowhlohlo Mar 16, 2018 11:04 PM
The is nothing special about him, teams from abroad concluded.

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