Bafana Bafana

Khune requests to play in protective mask

2017-11-08 08:06
Itumeleng Khune (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has requested to play in the vital 2018 Soccer World Cup qualifiers against Senegal in a protective mask after suffering an optical fracture.

The Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper sustained a facial injury when he collided with Chippa United's Kurt Lentjies on Sunday during a Telkom Knockout quarter-final clash and had to be rushed to hospital.

Head coach Stuart Baxter confirmed that Khune had requested for a protective mask to be prepared after seeing a facial specialist.

"Itu has seen a specialist and he will see one more (on Tuesday)‚ Baxter told TimesLive after the morning training session at the match venue.

"Itu himself has asked us to prepare a mask‚ which means he’s hopeful.

"But that could be enthusiasm and ambition.

"The final decision will rest with the medical people," Baxter added.

Bafana Bafana team medic, Dr Thulani Ngwenya said he is still hopeful regarding the situation after refusing to rule out the possibility of Khune facing Senegal.

Meanwhile Baxter faces another setback after Thulani Serero ruled himself out of selection for the upcoming qualifiers after demanding a starting berth.

Bafana need to beat Senegal on Friday and then win again in their return fixture next Tuesday in Senegal in order to book their place in Russia next year, while a single point for Senegal should be enough to guarantee their qualification.

Kick-off is at 19:00.

Read more on:    bafana bafana  |  swc 2018  |  itumeleng khune  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

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

Featured

The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? 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.