Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has spoken about overcoming his weight issues, and the work he has put in to get back into the first team.

Khune returned to the Kaizer Chiefs goal halfway through the first half of the campaign before an injury ruled him out of the last games before the World Cup break.

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With seven games, he’s already played a lot more than in 2021/22 when he only started one game and the 35-year-old opened up about the frustrations in previous seasons.

He claims he was unaware that he was gaining weight, because of lack of communication with previous goalkeeper coach Lee Baxter and also the ‘honeymoon period’ at home.

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“I think most of the time it was just frustration, because I’m one player who never questions the coaches on why I’m not playing or being picked,” Khune told iDiski Times.

“So, what I would do is drive back home and as soon as I get home, I’d ask myself questions. That’s exactly what happened. You know that honeymoon phase, my wife would spoil me, I wouldn’t notice because I would judge myself on the field.

“In every session I knew that I was training well, I was doing well but when I got home, I’d relax and I’d just eat anything and everything without being aware that I was gaining weight.

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“But again, I think the communication between myself, my previous goalkeeper coach and my previous fitness trainer here at Chiefs, wasn’t the way it was supposed to be.”

“That’s because we would do weights and we would do skin-folds but that information was kept away from us as players. So, the coaches only knew where we needed to be weight-wise but I wouldn’t know until I went to buy myself a scale.

“But again, every time I weighed myself at home and I came to work and weighed myself here it would give me different readings.”

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However, when things became clearer he changed his diet to get back on track.

“I was starting to get frustrated but I ended up coming back to my senses and I told my wife that we need to change my diet, and after changing my diet I continued training hard. If at work we didn’t load enough, I’d get home and top up,” he added.

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