South Africa’s certified shot-stopper Itumeleng Khune is indispensable in Molefi Ntseki’s masterplan, it seems. The Bafana Bafana coach, on Thursday, announced his 26-man squad to compete in AFCON qualifiers later this month, and ‘Party Horse’ Khune made the cut.
Itumeleng Khune parties a storm ahead of crucial fixture
Bafana’s ‘number one’ has come under fire after a video clip showing him boozing at a social event went viral.
Khune is a happy gent pic.twitter.com/zL6mnWel7a— K U L A N I (@kulanicool) March 3, 2021
With the PSL’s stance on Covid-19 protocols for players not explicitly clear, many football fans were left frustrated by the skipper’s behaviour, three days before Kazier Chiefs make their historic appearance in the CAF Champions League.
No law exists that prohibits Khune from letting his two left feet loose. However, as an athlete and influential public figure, the weight of responsibility weighs heavier on the goalkeeper than others.
We can imagine that Ntseki, looking forward to a positive campaign in the cup competition, will want Khune in his best form to fend off the attempts of Petro de Luanda and help his team kick off the CAF run on a good note.
We contacted Kaizer Chiefs for a statement. The club’s representative had not returned to our request at the time this article was published.
Similarly, the PSL could not present an official statement on its stance on players flouting Covid-19 protocols.
Bafana Bafana schedule: Teams, match dates, how to watch
Khune will lead the Bafana team to a tough outing against Ghana on Thursday 25 March. The fixture takes place at FNB Stadium and will be broadcast on SuperSport and SABC sport channels.
Three days later, on Sunday 28 March, Ntseki’s men will be away to Sudan, and will hope to put in a good run of games to improve their standing in Group C of the AFCON Qualifiers.
At this time, it’s unclear if fans will be allowed to attend these fixtures.