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Watch Itumeleng Khune Being Unbeatable Between the Goalposts for Kaizer Chiefs
- Itumeleng Khune has given rivals many moments of heartbreak by denying their goalscorers
- Khune's current contract expires at the end of the season but could be cut short before then
- The veteran shot-stopper is currently away from the Kaizer Chiefs squad for disciplinary reasons
Every glittering career must eventually have an end.
With Itumeleng Khune's stellar Kaizer Chiefs career possibly nearing an end, it is worth appreciating the good times that the goalkeeper brought to the Amakhosi faithful.
The three-time league champion and 10-time cup winner will leave a remarkable legacy, regardless of when he straps on his gloves for the final time.
With an endless list of fine saves, Sports Brief looks at the Khune's finest moments between the sticks.
Itumeleng Khune's best goalkeeping moments
1. The Scorpion kick
In October 2015, Khune channelled his inner Colombian to deliver a one-footed Scorpion kick in a league match against Mpumalanga Black Aces.
Kaizer Chiefs won the game and Khune was awarded Man of the Match, earning eternal comparisons to Rene Higuita.
2. Always good at penalties
Kaizer Chiefs' cup runs would not have been possible without a gloved superhero able to repel shots from 12 yards.
Khune has left his mark on many a penalty shootout, most recently at the age of 35, when he eliminated Stellenbosch FC from the MTN8
3. Horoya AC Champions League save
Chiefs were the last South African team to play in a CAF Champions League final and if not for a Khune save they would have been eliminated in the group stage.
Playing in Guniea and needing a draw from their last group game to progress, Khune made an acrobatic stop from a looping shot in injury time with the game level at 2-2.
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4. Soweto Derby saves
Soweto Derby wins are like substitute trophies to Amakhosi and Buccaneers fans, creating a responsibility unrivalled in the country.
Khune's appearances in Soweto Derbies have been positive on the whole, and are moments where the goalkeeper has endeared himself to fans.
5. The Sundowns save that wasn't
The best players carry an aura that subconsciously sways the minds of fans, opponents and sometimes, officials.
In an MTN 8 quarter-final against Sundowns, Khune saved a penalty that went skywards, spinning back toward the net. Showing great agility, he scrambled across the goal to swat it away before it crossed the line.
Replays show that it was clearly a goal, but the linesman, just meters away refused to give it, owing to Khune's assumptive celebration.
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Itumeleng Khune facing Kaizer Chiefs exit
Sports Brief recently reported on allegations that Khune arrived at training under the influence.
He is in the the final year of his reign at Chiefs and this season was meant to be a fond farewell.
The Amakhosi hierarchy now have a big decision to make regarding their celebrity goalkeeper.