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In a time surrounding concern for the Bafana captaincy, Maponyane tells Goal.com that Itumeleng Khune is responding well

Khune’s performance for South Africa against Central African Republic was superb, particularly when you add the weight of wearing the captaincy belt.

Former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Marks Maponyane believes that Khune was destined for the position.

His performance showed maturity and leadership qualities not seen by a national captain in South Africa since Lucas Radebe.

Maponyane was impressed by the Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper and said that if it wasn’t for him Bafana wouldn't have won 2-0.

“Khune is really growing in every game and he is impressive. If you remember during the Afcon, it was Khune who contributed mainly so that we reached the knockout stages.

“Goalkeeping goes with maturity and the more you perform, the better you become. But, what sets Khune apart from other goalkeepers in the continent, should I say, is that he spends time sharpening his craft. He goes beyond making saves but masters his contribution and communicates well with his defence,” said Maponyana.

Khune managed to keep a clean sheet at home, and he will now be hoping to continue where he left off when they visit the CAR away in the next World Cup qualifier.

Bafana goalkeeper coach Alex Heredia believes that Khune is world class and it is just a matter of time before other countries take notice. Heredia told Goal.com that he believes in Khune's ability.

"He is a great player who is always willing to learn. I believe he has always lead as a goalkeeper as he communicates well with his defence and the rest of his teammates," he told Goal.com.

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