Itumeleng Khune: Why Kaizer Chiefs Veteran Goalkeeper's European Dream Fell Through

Itumeleng Khune: Why Kaizer Chiefs Veteran Goalkeeper's European Dream Fell Through

Robert Abong'o
April 12, 2024 at 7:13 AM
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  • Muhsin Ertugral has explained the reasons behind Itumeleng Khune's failed move to Europe
  • European clubs, including Sivasspor, expressed interest in the Kaizer Chiefs star goalkeeper
  • The Veteran was recently suspended by Amakhosi for improper conduct but was reinstated

Former Kaizer Chiefs manager, Muhsin Ertugral, has explained why Itumeleng Khune's much-anticipated move to Europe fell through.

The veteran goalkeeper reportedly attracted interest from several European clubs before the 2010 World Cup.

He would later be a part of the Bafana Bafana squad that faced Mexico in the first game at the Soccer City Stadium.

 Kaizer Chiefs veteran goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune, dejected during the 2020 World Cup. Photo: Christof Koepsel.
Kaizer Chiefs veteran goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune, could have played in Europe had a move materialized. Photo: Christof Koepsel.
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Ertugral cited Khune's genetic makeup and the World Cup as major factors contributing to the transfer's breakdown. He attributed the shot-stopper's decade-long tenure at the Glamour Boys and his exceptional performance preceding the showpiece tournament as critical junctures. Despite acknowledging his groundbreaking distribution skills, he pointed out the challenge posed by Khune's height in the European context.

“[They had] never seen goalkeepers that precise in his build-up process. I think Itu’s possibility has been minimised too much, and it was world-class. Itu was a bit unlucky on the height. If he had been one head taller, he would have played in England or Germany," he explained, as quoted by iDiski Times.

Ertugral disclosed that European clubs, including Sivasspor, expressed interest in Khune and Siphiwe Tshabalala, offering lucrative deals to bring them overseas. However, the looming World Cup halted these potential transfers, reflecting the missed opportunities due to the tournament's timing.

As Kaizer Chiefs anticipates a significant overhaul, including the departure of seven players, Khune's future with the club remains uncertain. His recent suspension, as reported by SuperSport, sparked speculation about potential moves, including a rumoured transfer to Sekhukhune United as his contract draws to a close.

Khune's agent reacts to Sekhukhune Rumours

Spots Brief reported that Khune's agent reacted to reports linking the player to Sekhukhune United.

His future has been the subject of speculation, with rumours recently linking him to other PSL sides.

The veteran's tenure with the club will conclude at the end of the 2023/24 DStv Premiership season.

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