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Goalkeeping is like good wine - Khune

Having racked up 300 appearances for Kaizer Chiefs, goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune believes he is still continuing to improve as he heads into his 30s.

Khune started his 300th game for Amakhosi in Saturday's 2-1 Nedbank Cup last 16 win over Stellenbosch FC at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

He was first drafted into the Chiefs squad in 2004 as a backup to the likes of Rowen Fernandez and Emile Baron, following the departure of Brian Baloyi.

He waited patiently for his chance in the Amakhosi goal and made his debut against Jomo Cosmos in the second match of the 2007-08 season, on 25 August, 2007.

In the decade that has followed, Khune has been a near ever-present for Chiefs, a regular for Bafana Bafana, and has two league titles and numerous cup winners medals to his credit.

Still relatively young at 30-year-old, Khune no doubt has many years ahead of him in his career, and while admitting that he may not be quite as quick and agile as he was in his earlier days, the Ventersdorp-born custodian is confident that he's still getting better at his trade.

"With age, my body strength is slowly regressing, but I am able to read situations much faster and, as a result, close down situations before they become dangerous.

"Goalkeeping is like good wine, the older the better. I am still hungry for more success and want to win more trophies," he told the club website.

Khune has stood in goal for the Glamour Boys in 236 league games, 59 cup and five African Champions League games.


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