Bafana Bafana

Khune sad to miss Eagles clash

2014-01-18 18:41
Itumeleng Khune (File)

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune has been ruled out of the African Nations Championship Group A clash against Nigeria on Sunday.

GALLERY: Bafana's Eagles agony!

“I was really looking forward to this match as it is one that will decide our fate in the tournament," Khune said on Saturday.

"I am very sad and disappointed that I will not be playing. It is not nice missing such an important fixture for your country, but I believe Moeneeb Josephs and Siyabonga Mpontshane are capable of doing a great job.

"These things happen - injuries are part and parcel of the game and hopefully I will be back in the side for the following match.”

Khune suffered an ankle injury on Wednesday night and was taken for a scan the next day.

He trained on the side-lines at Bafana Bafana’s final training session at the Clyde Pinelands grounds but was ruled out of Sunday's match at the Cape Town Stadium.

“Hopefully we still have more matches after this one and Khune will be able to join us," coach Gordon Igesund said.

"For now his health is important. Rather not use him now and have him available for the latter stages of the tournament instead of playing him tomorrow and losing him for a longer period of time. The risk is too high.”

Khune said he was confident of a win against the Super Eagles.

“We stand a very good chance of getting victory over Nigeria. We just need to go out there and apply ourselves like we have been at training and in the past matches," he said.

"I have been receiving messages of support for the team from all over the country, fans saying they will be at the stadium and that is what we need, it is a good morale booster to know the country is behind us.

"With that kind of support and the belief that the players have, we should be able to emerge victorious after 90 minutes and go on to the next round, but it won’t be easy because Nigeria is a good side too. We are confident though that we will make it.”

Josephs has been capped 23 times for Bafana Bafana and last played for the national team in a friendly match against Mozambique in September 2012.

In the other Group A match, Mali face Mozambique at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town. The match also kicks off at 7pm.

Read more on:    bafana  |  chan 2014  |  itumeleng khune  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Bafana Bafana have been drawn with Cameroon, Gambia and Mauritania in the qualification stages for the 2017 AFCON tournament. Where will Shakes Mashaba's men finish in their pool?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.