The Bafana Bafana and Chiefs skipper spoke to Goal about his 2014 ambitions and the prospect of moving to Europe to prove himself amongst the best keepers abroadAmaKhosi keeper Itumeleng Khune has won the Goal South Africa Player of the Year award and featured in the Goal 50, the top 50 players in the world last season.
However in order to prove himself as the best shot-stopper in Africa, he needs to challenge Nigeria's Vincent Enyeama. The Super Eagles man is breaking records for French Ligue 1 club Lille with an amazing string of cleansheets (14 from 19 games with 55 saves so far).
At the age of 26, and with keepers able to prolong their careers for more years, Khune still has time to attract a good move to a European club. Though, he could want to learn from Chiefs teammate Siphiwe Tshabalala, whose time has run out for getting into a good European league.
Khune spoke exclusively to Goal about whether he would leave Kaizer Chiefs soon, if a foreign club came knocking on his door.
"Definitely! I mean, it’s every player’s dream to go play overseas," Khune told Goal.
However the keeper quickly underlined his love and dedication to the AmaKhosi too.
"But Chiefs have been treating me well. I think to be fair to them I just have to honour my contract, because I still have a contract with the club until 2015. I will continue working hard, and if the offer comes then I will entertain it. If it doesn’t then I will just continue serving the club and the country the way I have been doing," Khune confirmed his status with Goal.
After winning almost every individual award available to him locally, as well as the double with Chiefs last season, Khune told Goal that there's still much for him to be motivated for in 2014.
"I think so far so good. We have done tremendously well. People were writing us off because we had a bad start, but I think we have bounced back as a team," said Khune who also has the Caf Champions League to challenge for this season.
Many pundits will compare his performances in the upcoming competition to Senzo Meyiwa's heroics for Pirates in 2013. The latter finished second in the Goal South Africa Player of the Year votes which was determined by the fans.
"It’s very important that one gets rewarded individually, but I think what is important is if the team achieves something then the players will also be rewarded," said Khune with reference to winning the Goal SA Player of the Year.
"I don’t play football to get recognition. I play football to make sure that the club achieves and I also get rewarded at the end of the season."