Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper and captain Itumeleng Khune says he was previously over-weight but has since sought specialist help to reduce weight and boost performance.
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Over the past couple of seasons Khune's weight has been a subject of discussion with some fans questioning whether or not it may impact his performance levels in the long term.
However, the 31-year-old has seemingly taken note of the concerns raised and has gone about reducing his body fat in order to reach optimal shape for the cause of the Glamour Boys.
He told Kickoff: "I have been working very hard because last season I was criticised about my weight, after the match that we lost against Golden Arrows.
"I always thought that it [weight] comes with age as you grow older, so I realised I was even suffering from a lot of injuries because I was overweight, which I needed to do something about.
"So, I consulted and got advice. I started eating well, started drinking more fluids and started putting in extra work, and I came back stronger. Now I'm not suffering from any minor or major injuries because of the weight loss.
"My perfect weight was 84 kilograms but I was once at 92kg and now my target is 78kg. I know that once I get to 78kg, people will start saying, 'Go and test.' I will go and do it in public."