Khune named first winner of the Goal PSL Player of the Season award

Chiefs skipper Itumeleng Khune thanks Goal for his award and he also shares his objectives going into the next season

The inaugural Goal PSL Player of the Season award was handed over to Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune as recognition for his outstanding performance this season.

The AmaKhosi skipper has been brilliant for both Chiefs and Bafana this season and he helped the Soweto giants to their first PSL title in eight years.

Khune thanked Goal, the journalists and readers who voted for him to be the first recipient of the Goal PSL Player of the Season award.  

“It’s a great feeling to be honoured by the Goal website. I know it wasn’t an easy decision as there are plenty of good players who might have deserved the award, but I am humbled to be the player of the season and respect goes out to those who voted for me,” Khune told Goal after receiving his award.

The Bafana shot stopper has vowed to keep working hard and improving his game. Khune believes that his teammates deserve some credit for helping him become the player he is today.

“This is not the end, but the beginning of good things. I just need to work hard, because there is still room for improvement. Having said that, I think my teammates played a huge role in making me the player I am today, especially contributing toward the team’s success. So, credit must go to my teammates,” said Khune.

Having conceded the least number of goals (21) as compared to other teams this season, Khune said that his best season in the PSL has to be the 2007/2008 season when he conceded only 20 goals the entire season and he wants to work on achieving a better record next season. 

“I wouldn’t say this was the best season as compared to the 2007/2008, because then I conceded only 20 goals whereas 21 goals have been against me this season. It shows that I have to work hard next season and be a better goalkeeper by conceding lesser goals than this season,” added Khune.

“I know a lot of players would want to score against me next season and for that I have to go back and do introspection on where I can improve my game. I am not going to be big headed after being honoured by Goal,” he said.

Goal PSL Player of the Season, Khune, added that he would one day like to go ply his trade abroad, but he believes that there is still a lot to offer to the PSL and the national team.

“It’s every player’s dream to play abroad, but I am not going to entertain that at the moment, because I am focusing on doing well for Chiefs as well as the national team. There is the Nedbank Cup for me and the World Cup qualifiers coming up and I should stay focused. I will move abroad when the time is right,” concluded Khune.

Goal South Africa chief editor Ignat Manjoo expressed his satisfaction that Khune was voted as the best player for the year.

“I am delighted that Khune is the inaugural winner of Goal’s award in South Africa, because he’s been outstanding for both Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana this season. He’s also been a perfect role model for young South Africans and an inspiration for upcoming goalkeepers.

“Goal was already established as the biggest soccer website in the world and the South African edition has grown from strength to strength since launching in September 2012. Readers can next look forward to our newly designed, modern website which will be launched in early June,” said Manjoo.

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