Khune on winning Man of the Match, ‘I felt youthful’

Khune’s Resurgence in the Carling Cup

Veteran goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune recently showcased a Man of the Match performance in the Carling Cup, proving that class is indeed permanent.

Reflecting on the match, Khune expressed feeling rejuvenated, akin to a youngster on the field.

Despite his remarkable saves that secured a 2-1 victory for the Carling All-Stars team against Stellenbosch FC, his performance was not flawless, with uncharacteristic errors that had previously impacted his standing at Kaizer Chiefs.

Overcoming Adversity and Winning Fan Support

Khune’s inclusion in the All-Stars team occurred despite his suspension at Kaizer Chiefs for allegedly reporting to training under the influence of alcohol.

This decision not only highlights the veteran’s resilience but also underscores the significant fan support he commands.

Remarkably, Khune received the second-highest number of fan votes for the All-Stars team, a testament to his enduring popularity among football enthusiasts.

From Captaincy Stripped to Match of the Match Honors

Despite being stripped of his captaincy at Amakhosi due to misconduct, Khune assumed the role of All-Stars’ skipper in the Carling Cup match.

His exceptional performance earned him the Man of the Match award and a monetary prize of R100,000.

This victory, according to Khune, is dedicated to the fans who have consistently shown support to him and the entire All-Stars team.

Acknowledging Young Talent and Team Effort

In a gracious acknowledgment of emerging talent, Khune expressed happiness for young players like Mfundo Vilakazi, who had the opportunity to play alongside experienced PSL players.

Khune emphasized the significance of the win for the young players, noting that it provides them with motivation and a taste of success in a packed stadium.

He also commended the collective effort of the team, emphasizing the challenges faced in preparation, including limited training sessions and the need to unite players from different clubs.

Khune’s Perspective on the Triumph

In Khune’s own words, he shared his perspective on the victory, stating, “Today, it is not all about Itu; it is all about the All-Stars team.”

He expressed joy for the success of the DDC players, highlighting their hard work and the fans’ recognition through votes.

Despite the logistical challenges leading up to the game, Khune credited the team’s positive response to the coach’s plan, ultimately resulting in their championship victory at the end of the 90 minutes.

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