Itumeleng Issac Khune (born 20 June 1987) is a South African professional soccer player. Who plays as goalkeeper for Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier Soccer League, and also the South African national team.
Brief profile summary of Itumeleng Khune
Full name: Itumeleng Khune
Date of birth: 20 June 1987 (35 years old)
Place of birth: Ventersdorp, Gauteng, South Africa
Occupation: Footballer, Goalkeeper
Known for: Goalkeeper for South African soccer national team, Goalkeeper for Kaizer Chiefs
Partner: Sphelele Makhunga
Nationality: South African
Early life and discovering passion for football- Itumeleng Khune.
Khune was born in Tshing, Ventersdorp in the North West as one of six children of Elias and Flora Khune. He is of Tswana heritage. His father Elias, worked as a driver at a mine in Carletonville and also played amateur football as a striker.
Unlike many South African players who cite kicking a football on their hometown’s dusty streets as their starting point, Khune was in love with cricket idolising Nicky Boje. He eventually decided to pursue a career in football to earn a living for him and his family. He attended New Nation, Westridge, St Barnabas and RW Fick High Schools.
His younger brother Lucky Khune previously played as a striker for Chiefs and currently for PSL side Chippa United. Khune is nicknamed “Spider-Man” for his reflexes and flexible goalkeeping skills.
Personal life of Itumeleng Khune.
Soccer player Itumeleng Khune and spouse Sphelele are also separated by a 10 year age gap. Itu Khune dated some famous names before he settled down with Sphelele Makhunga. The footballer has been love-struck ever since.
Khune made his debut in the 2007–08 season after the departure of number one goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez to German club Arminia Bielefeld. His first season in the top-flight was highly successful as several match-winning displays for his side earned him a host of individual awards.
Khune was voted Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons. He was voted into Goal.com‘s Goal50 which is a list of the best players of 2013. Khune made his 200th appearance for Chiefs in 2014 against Mpumalanga Black Aces.
Khune was first-choice goalkeeper for South Africa at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup. He became the second goalkeeper to be sent off in the history of the FIFA World Cup after Gianluca Pagliuca. Khune captained South Africa during 2013 African Cup of Nations and 2014 African Nations Championship.
Salary and net worth of Itumeleng Khune.
This South African player is a member of the Kaizer Chiefs team. He makes around R480,000. Despite his significant injuries in 2019, his team remained confident in him. He is a fantastic goalie who adds value everywhere he goes. Kaizer Chief recognizes this and continues to pay him well in the hopes that he will return to his old glory days.
The South African goalie was born into a family of six children, one of whom was an amateur football striker. He therefore developed his skills from an early age, despite growing up with a strong interest in cricket. Aside from sport, he has a number of lucrative endorsement deals that have led to his present net worth of R21 million.
Outside of football the team player us known to have donated R150 000. To an old age home in his hometown of Ventersdorp, North West. He was accompanied by Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, George Lebese and George Maluleka.