The erosion of corruption and poverty creates some of the most talented and legendary players that the footballing world has seen.
Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba, Ronaldo and Pele - just to name a few.
A figure that should fit into the category is South Africa’s Itumeleng Isaac Khune.
Many will have not have heard of the newly crowned Bafana Bafana captain. Unfortunately, the league in South Africa doesn’t gain as much media recognition and attention compared to the likes of the European leagues.
Nevertheless, reputation and talent should not go unnoticed.
Khune demonstrated his talent in the 2010 World Cup (held for the first time in an African country). South Africa deservedly should have gone further in the competition, but with a group consisting of Luis Saurez’s Mexico, Diego Forlan’s Uruguay and a star studded France squad, the mission proved to be immensely difficult.
After Spain triumphed over the Netherland to gain the crown, many speculated that Khune will leave the current South African Champions, Kaizer Chiefs, to join a European team that match his level of talent.
The main surprise is that he didn’t.
The goalkeeper has been in superb form in the PSL and Afcon 2013, as well as gaining a “Goalkeeper of the Tournament” award.
Khune is highly rated in South Africa for his straight-to-the-feet long passes and one-on-one saves.
He would undoubtedly succeed in the Premier League. The Premier League does possess masterful keepers such as Petr Cech and Joe Hart. And given the chance, Khune may be spoken in the same sentence as these greats.
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