Itumeleng Khune: I’ve got a great relationship with Stuart Baxter and I’m here to FIGHT!

Kaizer Chiefs veteran goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune says he was determined to fight to regain his place in the Amakhosi starting XI having spent this season on the sidelines at the Soweto giants.

Khune, now 34, reminded everyone of his class with a top performance in goal for the Warriors FC side in their 2-1 DStv Compact Cup semi-final win against Amabutho at the Moses Mabhida Stadium last Saturday.

In Saturday, 29 January’s DStv Compact Cup final (14:30), Warriors FC will take on Coastal United while in the earlier third-place playoff (11:30), Dinaledi will take on Amabutho.

Itumeleng Khune has always enjoyed a close relationship with Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter and acknowledges that the coach has to select the in-form players available to him.

Baxter has opted this season for Nigeria international ‘keeper Daniel Akpeyi as his first-choice at Naturena with Bruce Bvuma also finding himself in goal at times.

Injuries haven’t helped Itumeleng Khune’s cause

What hasn’t helped Khune’s cause is the fact that he’s spent a long periods sidelined with injury which has afforded opportunities to others – which they have grasped with both hands.

“I’ve got a great relationship with Baxter, but I understand that other goalkeepers are doing well and that has to be respected,” Khune told The Sow.0etan.

“Hence you will never see me posting or commenting negatively about my situation, because I’m in full support of the ones being given the nod ahead of me.”

When asked whether he thought that he would be able to win his spot back in the team, Khune said: “I don’t know. I’m not the one to answer that. I’m answering on the field.”

Itumeleng Khune will look to state his case in the DStv Compact Cup final at his beloved FNB Stadium at 14:30 today.

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