Gavin Hunt to bring Khune back to his best form. Itumeleng Khune has found favour in the eyes of his coach Gavin Hunt. Gavin Hunt has appreciated ltumeleng Khune’s effort in training as he has been putting more extra effort in training as he wants to go back to his glorious days.
In their first match under Hunts coaching Khune was choosen as the number one goalkeeper. In the last season Khune only managed to play two games due to his injuries. Even when he managed to recover from the injury Daniel Akpeyi had taken over his spot.
However Hunt has promised that under his coaching Khune will once again rise to be one of the best goalkeepers in the country.
“We have a huge difference in age and experience in the team. There are players who have been around for a long time like Bernard [Parker], [Willard] Katsande, Eric [Mathoho], the same as Itu [Khune],” Hunt told Mawara Sport Worldwide on Metro FM.
“I said to him, I will show that he is a fantastic goalkeeper. I think last season he had a lot of injuries. When I came here I looked at him and he seemed fine. I said to him the most important thing is that he still has the hunger to play, to succeed.
“The thing about football players, when they succeed so much and have won a lot, they lose the hunger and desire to do it. So he said to me that he wants to do it and prove people wrong again and I said ‘it could be your rebirth so why not.’”
Hunt has encouraged Khune to first concetrate on his Chiefs role before the South Africa national team.
Taking back his Bafana Bafana spot, however, is going to be pretty challenging considering that SuperSport United’s Ronwen Williams’ is clinging on the number one jersey with a firm grip.
“I said the first thing you have to do is get your form back for the club and then the national team. If he is fit and he wants it, that would be a great opportunity,” said Hunt.
“The platform is there, he is training well. Yes he hasn’t played for a long time but that can be worked on at the training ground. He is doing some extra work, I have seen it. So let’s go and work because that’s what we can do at this point and time.”
In Saturday Chief’s is going face Mamelodi Sundowns in the Premier Soccer League opener at FNB Stadium and Khune is expected to start in goals