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Injured Khune reports for national duty – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Injured Khune reports for national duty

Itumeleng Khune during South Africa Training session

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 08, 2017. 18:00


Itumeleng Khune has reported for national duty ahead of South Africa’s crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Senegal in Polokwane this Friday.

The 30-year-old is desperate to feature for Stuart Baxter’s troops and has requested to play in a protective mask – if that’s what it takes for him to be named in the starting eleven.

The Kaizer Chiefs goal-minder suffered a optical fracture in the club’s 1-0 win over Chippa United this past weekend, and initial reports suggested that Bafana Bafana’s number one will be ruled out of the home and away fixtures against Senegal.

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But, following assessment from a specialist – who classified the goalkeeper’s injury as not too serious – Khune looks set to start on Friday.

“He is currently in camp, the specialist he saw says the injury is not that serious, and he will be okay in the next couple of days,” Bafana Bafana team manager Barney Kujane told Lesedi FM.

“But as you know Khune, he insists that he is okay, and he wants to play.”

Bafana Bafana take on the Teranga Lions at the Peter Mokaba Stadium this weekend, before travelling to Dakar for the reverse fixture.

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Komphela: SA coach Baxter has special duty for Tshabalala – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Kaizer Chiefs

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Komphela: SA coach Baxter has special duty for Tshabalala

Siphiwe Tshabalala of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Innocent Maela of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on 21 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 11:00


Kaizer Chiefs mentor Steve Komphela says South Africa coach Stuart Baxter has a special duty lined up for Siphiwe ‘Shabba’ Tshabalala.

Tshabalala, 33, received a surprise call-up when the Bafana Bafana squad to face Senegal in the Fifa 2018 World Cup qualifiers next week was announced.

Bafana will qualify for the World Cup finals if they beat the Lions of Teranga both home and away.

On Saturday, Tshabalala inspired Chiefs to a 3-0 win over AmaZulu FC in a Telkom Knockout Cup Last 16 match in Durban.

“Maybe I’m not qualified to make a comment about Shabba,” said Komphela on The Citizen.

“But one thing is that he has worked with Stuart. Stuart is very smart coach and knows what he wants from Shabba otherwise he would not have picked him.

“Stuart said it some time ago that Shabba is a very influential player in the PSL and if Stuart says that today (Saturday) (AmaZulu head coach) Cavin Johnson says Shabba was the main threat. That tells you about the player he is,” the Chiefs coach added.

“His personality and character make him a big player.”

The veteran midfielder has 88 South Africa caps and scored 12 goals between 2006, and 2015.

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Okumbi: Unfit Wanyama not ready for national duty – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Aug 26, 2017. 12:00


Kenya head coach Stanley Okumbi has revealed why Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama was omitted from the Harambee Stars squad.

The central midfielder has been left out of the Harambee Stars squad that will face Mozambique in an international friendly on 2 September 2017.

Okumbi spoke to the Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino about the player, who is still trying to regain his full fitness.

“Wanyama was injured during pre-season and we watched him struggle against Newcastle United and Chelsea,” Okumbi told the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) website.

“I talked to him and we agreed that he be left out of the team so that he can work on his fitness.

The 26-year-old player, who is the Kenya captain, is set to miss the Harambee Stars’ clash with the Black Mambas which will be played in Maputo, Mozambique.

“I also talked to the Spurs manager and he stated that Wanyama was struggling in terms of fitness,” he added.

“The coach suggested that we give him more time to work on his fitness because he’s a little behind schedule following the injury he picked during pre-season.”

Wanyama and his Tottenham team-mates will face Burnley in an English Premier League (EPL) match at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

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