Goal.com spoke to the South African goalkeeper after the host nations 2-2 draw against Morocco in DurbanDespite making crucial saves that helped Bafana progress to the knock-out stages, goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and man of the match said that he wasn’t impressed with his own performance.
“Honestly speaking I don’t think that was my best performance. There were a couple of mistakes that I did, which cost the team. There were those crucial saves that I made which also saved the team as well, but overall I don’t think I did justice to myself,” said Khune.
The last time Khune spoke to Goal.com he was hoping for a third clean sheet, but he was struggling with set pieces from the Moroccans and that might be due to the South African defense losing the aerial battle. Khune missed the corner that resulted in Morocco's opening goal.
“Well I didn't keep the clean sheet as I had wished and I think there is still a lot of work to be done. If you look into the first goal that Morocco scored you would realise that it wasn't supposed to be a goal,” he said.
Apart from those mistakes Khune still looked confident and fought until the end for the national team. Now he wants to focus on the quarterfinals.
“At the end of the day we did well, once again it was a team effort and I am hoping that going forward I will improve on my mistakes."
Khune also said that the fans played a crucial role in lifting his moral high when the chips were down.
“It was crazy out there; I think playing in Durban has been amazing. The support that you get from the fans just makes you humble and inspires you to work even harder.
Bafana will now go on to the knockout stage, where there will be no room for mistakes. Khune said he admired that his teammates showed character and he hopes that they maintain their determination.
“One thing that I think has brought us this far is character and I hope that my players will carry that through going forward to the next round,” he said.