Khune’s Former Teammate: He’s Very Good, But…
Is Kaizer Chiefs' Itumeleng Khune Good Enough To Be In Europe
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.
“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.