Mamelodi Sundowns can’t afford me: Itumeleng Khune


khuneKaizer Chiefs are not the only ones baulking at the demands of Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.

His expectations are apparently too high even for big spenders Mamelodi Sundowns, according to coach Pitso Mosimane.

This leaves Khune in a bit of a pickle with less than a month before the 2015-2016 PSL campaign gets under way. He may have to lower his demands if he is to find a club in the local league.

Khune, 28, could not agree terms with Amakhosi and left at the end of last month after spending over 10 years at the Naturena club.

“Khune is the No1 goalkeeper in the country, but it’s not easy to sign a player. If you want to sign a player like him you must also be able to afford it,” said Mosimane.

“I am not saying we cannot afford him, but it must be market-related. Domingues (Elias Pelembe) had to leave and he had to take a pay cut at Bidvest Wits. It’s tough now. People must play for their money and it must be market-related. South African players must understand that it is difficult now. People are being given clearances at big teams and people are now going to smaller teams for less money. There’s competition.

“The younger ones are pushing up now and if you don’t play for your money, you find yourself with a big name, but you do not have a team, because they cannot afford you. Players must look after their money because it’s tough,” he said.

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Mosimane says Sundowns, who have only signed Burundian striker Fiston Abdul Razak in the off season, will not go on a shopping spree during the window period, which is pretty unusual for the club. Instead he’ll be trimming down the squad.

“We do not want big numbers. It’s not working. You guys (the media) are surprised that we are quiet. We were quiet in December and we are quiet now, which is good. I do not want to touch the team a lot. We only brought in one player, Razak. We have pressure now because the academy is producing players. If we do not bring up the younger ones then they lose hope. We have to be honest. Not everybody will stay with us. Some are busy with negotiations with other teams as we speak.”

Mosimane said he was yet to decide who would captain the team following the departure of Dutchman Alje Schut.


Kaizer Chiefs’ Itumeleng Khune is by far the best goalkeeper in Mzansi, and his top skills have seen him often linked with a move to Europe, but how does he rate alongside Europe’s best shot-stoppers?

The 28-year-old is known for his impeccable distribution and excellent reflexes, and this, alongside his various other qualities, has earned him a spot in FIFA 16’s top 85 highest-rated goalkeepers.

Overall, the Ventersdorp-born keeper notches a rating of 78 out of a 100, making him South Africa’s highest-rated player, and placing him next to the likes of Manchester City’s Willy Caballero and Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet.

Khune’s current rating on FIFA 16 are as follows:

Diving 79
Handling 76
Kicking 86
Reflexes 80
Speed 55
Positioning 78

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In fact, in a head-to-head rating, little separates Khune and Mignolet on the park. The Chiefs man betters the Belgian in terms of interceptions, aggression, agility and vision, and they both have an overall rating of 78.