Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has explained why he did his chest trap against Stellenbosch FC in the MTN8 quarter-final.

Khune made his first appearance since last year May and sent fans into ruptures when chest-trapping a long-range attempt by Stellies in the first half before calmly bringing the ball down with his foot.

He has now addressed his chest trap, saying it’s something they do regularly in training as it creates special competition between the Amakhosi goalkeepers and even with the outfield players.

“It happens almost every day at training and it creates great competition even among the goalkeepers,” he told Thabiso Mosia on SAFM SportOn.

“It even pushes the infield players to ‘we want to score against Itumeleng Khune, we want to score against Brandon, we want to score against Bruce’. And for us, we don’t want to concede against them.

“So it gives everyone so much confidence. Like today we were doing shooting at the end of the session.

Yesterday Mshini took his best shot and I saved it with one hand.

“Today, it was his turn, he was going for top corner goals and I was trying to stop them and I couldn’t.

The whole team was laughing at me ‘you see, what you did yesterday to Mshini’.

“So it creates that good competition, not only for the goalkeepers but for the infield players as well, because come tomorrow, Itumeleng Khune is able to chest trap the ball or make a great save.

“When it comes to the other goalkeepers, with all due respect, they might not be on the same level as Kaizer Chiefs goalkeepers but come the end of the day on the day we might score and win because it’s all about competition and about winning games.

“I’m not trying to disrespect any goalkeeper in the country but if at training players are able to score past me or the other goalkeepers, then it should be easier to do it against the opposition.”

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