Absa Premiership

Dinkelacker: Khune was very special

2017-01-03 14:59
Itumeleng Khune (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper coach Rainer Dinkelacker has revealed that Itumeleng Khune was a unique talent from the first day he was promoted to the senior team, as a teenager in 2004.

The German, who worked at Naturena from 1999 and stepped down in 2016, believes that Khune had all the attributes needed for success as a goalkeeper.

The 29-year-old has since won many accolades over the years for his performances for both club and country.

"When Khune was promoted to the first team he had two excellent goalkeepers to learn from - Brian Baloyi and Rowen Fernandez. He was promoted alongside Thela Ngobeni and they were both fine keepers," Dinkelacker told KickOff.

"But I could see that Khune was very special. His movement, his accuracy in catching the ball...he was a special talent. He made tremendous progress working with Brian and Rowen because you could see he was passionate about what he was doing and always wanted to be better, but in some areas he really excelled."

The Ventersdorp-born star has made 11 Premiership appearances for the Glamour Boys in 2016/17, although he missed the final four matches of 2016 with a niggling back injury.

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