Itumeleng Khune (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Itumeleng Khune has defended his selection as one of Amaglug-glug's overage players at the Rio Olympic Games.
There has been widespread criticism of the Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper's
inclusion, as it was the young Jody February's heroics that helped the
Under-23s qualify for the men's soccer competition in Brazil.
Nonetheless, Khune says he has a lot to offer and believes his
experience in a number of major tournaments could prove beneficial to
Owen da Gama's side.
He told the Sowetan: "I think when the lads look at me, they
look at an experienced player. And a player who has played in
competitive tournaments such as the Afcon."
Khune added: "I've been to two AFCONS, one Confederations Cup and one
World Cup, and my experience will help lift up the spirit of the guys,
both on and off the field."
Amaglug-glug get their campaign underway on Thursday (August 4) with a
clash against hosts Brazil, and the shot-stopper is widely expected to
start against a Brazilian attack led by Brazil superstar Neymar.