Itumeleng Khune biography. Itumeleng Issac Khune (born 20 June 1987) is a South African professional soccer player who plays as goalkeeper for Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier Soccer League, and also the South African national team. Here is the Itumeleng Khune biography below.

He is the captain of both. Khune shot to fame when he saved three penalties from Esrom Nyandoro and Peter Ndlovu against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Telkom Knockout final on 1 December 2007.

He is also well known for saving a David Villa penalty and proceeding to make a double save in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup group stage match against Spain a day before his 22nd birthday on 20 June 2009.

Itumeleng Khune celebrating
Itumeleng Khune celebrating

On 16 June 2010 against Uruguay, Khune became the second goalkeeper in the history of the FIFA World Cup to be sent off.

He is also famous for performing a René Higuita scorpion kick save in a league victory over Mpumalanga Black Aces on 28 October 2015. which made rounds in England.

Khune is known for his quick reflexes and his distribution which has been hailed as “the best you will see anywhere” by former Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld.

Khune was born in Tshing, Ventersdorp in the North West as one of six children of Elias and Flora Khune. He is of Tswana heritage.

Itumeleng Khune with his wife and child
Itumeleng Khune with his wife and child

His father Elias, worked as a driver at a mine in Carletonville and also played amateur football as a striker.

Unlike many South African players who cite kicking a football on their hometown’s dusty streets as their starting point, Khune was in love with cricket idolising Nicky Boje.

He eventually decided to pursue a career in football to earn a living for him and his family. He attended New Nation, Westridge, St Barnabas and RW Fick High Schools.

His younger brother Lucky Khune previously played as a striker for Chiefs and currently for PSL side Chippa United.

Khune is nicknamed “Spider-Man” for his reflexes and flexible goalkeeping skills. In 2019 Khune and his wife Sphelele Makhunga got married traditionally.

Itumeleng Khune with his medals and trophies
Itumeleng Khune showing off his trophies

Itumeleng Khune honors:


Kaizer Chiefs

Premier Soccer League (3): 2004–05, 2012–13, 2014–15

• ABSA Cup/Nedbank Cup (2): 2006, 2013, 2014

• Coca-Cola Cup/Telkom Knockout (4): 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010

• SAA Supa 8/MTN 8 (3): 2006, 2008, 2014


PSL Footballer of the Year 2012–13

• PSL Players’ Player of the Season 2007–08, 2012–13P

• SL Club Rookie of the Year 2007–08

• SA Sports Awards Sportsman of the Year 2013

• SA Sports Awards Newcomer of the Year 2008

• Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament 2007

• Telkom Knockout Goalkeeper of the Tournament 2007

• Premier Soccer League Goalkeeper of the Season 2007–08, 2012–13,2013–14

• Kaizer Chiefs Player of the Season 2007–08, 2012–13

• Kaizer Chiefs Player’s Player of the Season 2007–08, 2012–13

• Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament 2013

Check out some of his pictures:

Itumeleng Khune with his car
Itumeleng Khune with his car
Itumeleng Khune and his wife
Itumeleng Khune at the Island
Itumeleng Khune’s wife and her car
Itumeleng Khune’s wife
Itumeleng Khune’s wife
Itumeleng Khune’s wife and her car
Itumeleng Khune’s wife and her car


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