Itumeleng Khune: A List of the Kaizer Chiefs Goalkeeper’s Greatest Career Achievements

Itumeleng Khune: A List of the Kaizer Chiefs Goalkeeper’s Greatest Career Achievements

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at December 8, 2023 at 10:17 AM
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  • Itumeleng Khune has played for Kaizer Chiefs for 16 years, amassing a list of accolades
  • Khune has recently been suspended by his club following an alcohol-related incident
  • The goalkeeper is in the final year of his contract with an uncertain future ahead

A short spell of misfortune should not tarnish an accomplished career.

Itumeleng Khune's suspension from the Kaizer Chiefs first team following the outcome of an internal investigation may have taken the shine off the goalkeeper's farewell season.

However, the Amakhosi leader has shown remorse, and loyal fans will remember the fond memories he has provided throughout his career.

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Itumeleng Khune during his youthful heydey in 2009 when Kaizer Chiefs were winning multiple trophies. Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images.
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Kaizer Chiefs have stated that Khune will be welcomed backed following growth and personal development programmes, leaving the door open for a redemptive return.

For now, Sports Brief takes a look at what made Khune the revered legend he is.

A list of Itumeleng Khune's accomplishments

1. 2013 PSL Player of the Year

Kaizer Chiefs won the Premier Soccer League (PSL) in the 2012/13 season with Khune missing just one game after receiving his fourth yellow card.

That season, Khune kept 12 clean sheets and conceded just 21 goals, earning the 2013 PSL Player of the Year Award, as noted by TransferMarkt.

2. Distinguished international representation

Khune became the 250th player to represent South Africa since readmission when he made his debut in March 2008, as per Kaizer Chiefs. He has since made 91 appearances and is the second most-capped South African footballer, 16 behind Aaron Mokwena and two ahead of Siphiwe Tshabalala.

He went to the 2008 and 2013 AFCONs, played in the 2009 Confederations Cup where South Africa finished fourth, made two appearances at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and played three games at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

3. A seven-time cup winner

Kaizer Chiefs had a trophy-laden few seasons on either side of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Khune's first display of heroics was in the 2007 Telkom Knockout final, a competition Chiefs would win again in 2009 and 2010.

Khune would help the Amakhosi win the 2013 Nedbank Cup as well as the MTN8 in 2007, 2009 and 2015, giving him seven cup winners medals.

4. Two-time champion of South Africa

As well as that remarkable season in 2012/13, Khune was also involved in the 2014/15 PSL triumph. That season, Chiefs conceded only 14 goals, with Khune keeping four clean sheets.

Chiefs have come close in other seasons, finishing runners-up to Mamelodi Sundowns on two occasions, in 2014 and 2020, respectively.

In total, Khune has made 345 appearances for Kaizer Chiefs, keeping 151 clean sheets.

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Itumeleng Khune apologises to Kaizer Chiefs

Sports Brief recently reported on Itumeleng Khune's response to his suspension by Kaizer Chiefs.

The goalkeeper is said to have written a letter of apology addressed to his teammates and coaches.

The club are putting their faith in Khune to turn around the situation and return when rehabilitated.

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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