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Khune happy with his fitness ahead of AFCON showdown

2018-09-07 12:46
Itumeleng Khune.(Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana keeper Itumeleng Khune believes he is fully fit ahead of Saturday's crucial AFCON qualifier against Libya in Durban.

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South Africa and Libya both won their opening 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, against Nigeria and the Seychelles respectively, and are now vying for top spot in Group E.

Khune recently missed a couple of games for Chiefs through a minor injury, but was back in goal last weekend for the MTN8 semi-final second leg match against SuperSport.

If any question marks remained over his fitness, the 31-year-old proclaimed himself to be feeling as strong as he has for some time.

"Right now with my health I'm fine, it is just a niggling injury that I suffered against SuperSport in the first leg," he was quoted saying by KickOff.

"But the doctors are doing a great job in managing it and I'm also a 24-hour pro so whenever I get to the room I ask for ice and I keep icing it.

"I take medication for it so I'm feeling much better. But I can safely say that it would be the first time in a long time that I come to camp and go into a match without any niggling injuries.

"It is not something I could potentially see [which will make] me miss the game. I've been training since the day we got here [on Monday] to camp and I'm enjoying each and every session we've having," said Khune, the most capped player in the Bafana squad.

He also warned South Africa not to take the North Africans lightly.

"To be quite honest they're a great team and we cannot go into this game underestimating them.

"They might surprise us but it's important, like I said, to follow the coach's instruction and do everything that has been prepared here at training in order for us to win against them."

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