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Chiefs star Khune inspired by his father to keep being the best

When he was 12, Itumeleng Khune made a promise to his father. And it’s because of that promise that the renowned goalkeeper has said he is more determined than ever to reclaim the number one jersey at Kaizer Chiefs, and even become the most capped Bafana Bafana player in history.

Khune, now 32, says his desire to be the best is stronger than ever as he makes his comeback from a shoulder injury, and that he’s still motivated by the sacrifice his father made to buy him his first pair of football boots when he was a boy.

“I grew up in a big family. There were six of us and then our cousin, who was basically like an older brother to us. I dreamt of playing for Kaizer Chiefs because I loved the club. I grew up wanting to captain the team and play for Bafana Bafana. But my father had to compromise to buy me my first pair of boots. He had to choose between buying groceries for our family or the boots for me to follow my dream. He chose to buy me my boots.

And I made a promise to him that I wouldn’t fail him, and that I’d work as hard as I could to be the best. So I’m coming back to reclaim what belongs to me. I’m 32 now and I want to play until I’m 40. I’ve got 91 caps for Bafana Bafana and I want to go past Aaron Mokoena’s record of 107. I’m still hungry. I’m still passionate. And I’m still ready to work hard,” says Khune.

The memory of that promise to his father is even more relevant now as Khune is supporting the inaugural Kaizer Chiefs and Vodacom Red Father and Son Sleepout on 31 August. This once-in-a-lifetime experience, which is exclusive to Vodacom Red clients, will see 100 Kaizer Chiefs’ fathers and their sons connect with their beloved football club like never before as they camp out in style at the Kaizer Chiefs Village at Naturena. The experience is all about giving fathers and sons quality time with each other under the hashtag #BeAPresentDad.

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