Itumeleng Khune (Getty Images)
Rio - Itumeleng Khune says he is thankful for the support the South Africa Under-23 side received at the Rio Olympics but admits that things didn't go as well as they hoped.
Owen Da Gama's charges were eliminated after failing to win any of their Group A matches. The national side picked up a creditable 0-0 draw with Brazil but failed to deliver against Denmark or Iraq.
The South Africans finished bottom of their group and will be headed home after failing to reach the quarter-finals. A 1-0 loss to the Danes and a 1-1 draw with Iraq saw all hopes of reaching the business end of the tournament go up in smoke.
Nonetheless, Khune was in inspired form during the competition as he pulled off a number of incredible saves to give his team a fighting chance.
The 29-year-old revealed his gratitude for the support the team received but did not hide away from his disappointment.
South Africa are expected to return to Mzansi in the coming days as their dreams of Olympic gold comes to an end.