Bafana Bafana captain and goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has revealed how England and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has encouraged him to go prove himself in the English Premiership.
Khune met the Manchester City stopper during the English club’s South Africa tour this week, and said Hart had some encouraging words for him.
City lost both of their two friendly matches against SuperSport United and AmaZulu.
“It was nice meeting him and he encouraged me to come try my luck in England. He said he had no doubt I could make the grade in the Premiership. This was encouraging, coming from him, and I was really taken aback by those words.
“I hope I will get a chance to prove myself one day,” said Khune this week.
He added that he was ready to move if a good offer was tabled. But for now, he remains a Chiefs goalkeeper.
The meeting, which was organised by Amakhosi and City’s kit sponsor, Nike, saw the two national goalkeepers exchanging a jersey and gloves.
“He gave me his autographed jersey, but unfortunately I didn’t have mine and I gave him my gloves. But I will soon send one to him.”
The Chiefs captain said he was surprised at how tall Hart was. “Eish, he really exposed me with his height,” laughed Khune.
The England number one is 1.96m to Khune’s 1.81m.
Last season’s PSL Footballer of the Season has been linked to overseas moves before but nothing has ever materialised.
Many believe Khune’s move abroad is long overdue as he is arguably the best goalkeeper on the continent.
Last season, he helped Chiefs to two domestic trophies – the Absa Premiership and the Nedbank Cup.
Some of the African goalkeepers who have done well in Europe include former Bafana number one Hans Vonk, who played for Dutch side Heerenveen; Cameroon’s Idriss Kameni, who plays for Malaga in Spain; and former Senegal number one Tony Sylva, who spent most of his career in the French Ligue 1.
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