“I don’t think I’ve seen anyone better than him. I’m sure you can throw up a few in Brazil or Argentina who are close to him. But I think he’s probably the best I’ve ever seen,” Baxter told the media.
The 30-year-old, who captained the side on the day, landed balls on the feet of Andile Jali and Percy Tau to set-up Bafana’s second and third goals respectively for a 3-1 win.
“I’ve coached a lot of goalkeepers all over the world. And if you’re talking about distribution, then ‘Itu’ is world class,” he said.
Baxter admits even his son, who had a spell with him as SuperSport United’s goalkeeper coach, told him he’s never seen anybody distribute the ball as Khune’s does with such ease.
“My son (Lee) is a goalkeeper coach and he tells me he’s never seen anybody distribute the ball as confidently," he added.
“And I have to admit when I first came to Kaizer Chiefs and he was kicking balls through the midfield ad hitting the strikers I was like, ‘Ooh’ (indicating wincing in discomfort)," he said.
“I was thinking, ‘No, you can’t do that’, But he taught me to relax. So, yes it’s a weapon. And we do pride ourselves on being mobile and quick, and we want to release those players as quickly as we can, before the opponents get set,” Baxter concluded.