Bafana Bafana

Khune in doubt for Bafana

2014-01-17 19:10
Itumeleng Khune (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Bafana Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune is doubtful for their African Nations Championship (Chan) group A clash against Nigeria on Sunday, due to an ankle injury.

VIDEO: Igesund: Khune could miss Nigeria match

"Khune sustained the injury on Wednesday when South Africa played to a one-all draw against Mali," said the SA Football Association in a statement.

"The number one goalkeeper is under the observation of the Bafana’s medical team and will be assessed overnight with coach Gordon Igesund taking a decision on Saturday morning whether he will available for the match or not.

Igesund said Khune had been sent for a scan which revealed a grade one injury, and according to the team doctor the player would be sidelined for up to three or four days.

"We will see tomorrow (Saturday)," said Igesund.

"I have two capable goalkeepers who can be called up should Khune not recover on time, and it is going to be a blow to him and to us.”

Igesund said managing the fitness of Khune would be crucial.

”We have to look at the repercussions of playing him as we are eyeing the remaining matches of the tournament, and I don’t want to take that risk so I will be advised by the medical team how he feels.

"Serious decisions have to be made as he is keen to play but the long-term effect might be dangerous.

"Let’s not pre-empt anything now but rather wait for Saturday.”

Khune did not train with the rest of the squad on Friday.


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