Injured Khune requests face mask for Senegal clash
Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune fractured a bone in his face when he collided with Chippa United forward Kurt Lentjies, which resulted in both players being stretchered off.
JOHANNESBURG - Itumeleng Khune has requested that a face mask be made available for the World Cup Qualifier with Senegal in Polokwane on Friday.
Bafana’s first choice goalkeeper will see another specialist to re-assess the facial injury he sustained during Kaizer Chiefs' victory over Chippa United in the Telkom Knockout on Sunday.
Khune fractured a bone in his face when he collided with Chippa United forward Kurt Lentjies, which resulted in both players being stretchered off.
His absence leaves coach Stuart Baxter with a dilemma as to who will start in goal for the must-win match.
Baxter confirmed that the goalkeeper has requested that a face mask be readied for the game.
“Itu has asked us to get a mask ready for him, which means he is hopeful, but that could also be enthusiasm and ambition but the final decision will be taken by the medical staff.”
Should Khune’s request be denied, Baxter will have to decide between Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands or Supersport United’s Ronwen Williams for Friday's game.
Kick-off at the Peter Mokaba Stadium is at 7pm.
Meanwhile, South African football fans have been having some fun on Twitter over Khune’s request for a protective mask.
Khune must wear this mask and go borrow that boxing head cover from Tienyemb,, We don't have time to play🤕.This is serious business baba💪👈 pic.twitter.com/9LyjV5ofCN— Leepile (@Leepile60621061) November 7, 2017
Itumeleng khune has joined Bafana Bafana in Polokwane,He wants Play & his Prepared 2 wear a Mask,Now Thats a Patriot pic.twitter.com/1aehTusJGs— King Mphomane (@Real_King_SA) November 8, 2017
Khune wants to play with the Mask on Friday against Senegal pic.twitter.com/a7pxhdOHey— Mdu (@Mdu14250289) November 7, 2017