BAFANA Bafana number one goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, ruled out of upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sudan today.
Khune was left behind as Shakes Mashaba’s team departed for Khartoum yesterday morning. His club Kaizer Chiefs confirmed Khune would be out for “at least six weeks”, thus ruling him out of the September 20 MTN8 final against Orlando Pirates.
“Khune developed a stress fracture on the ankle. He has had slight discomfort which suddenly got worse over the last few days and the ankle swelled up.
“He was taken for an MRI and CT scan on Tuesday, which showed a small fracture. He will now be put into a moon boot for up to six weeks,” Chiefs said on their Website.
Crucially, Amakhosi stated he could return only “by mid-October”, which could mean he misses two more Afcon ties against Congo, set for October 10 and 15.
Also left behind for the trip to Khartoum for tomorrow’s 7pm game are Buhle Mkhwanazi, Ayanda Patosi, Bonginkosi Ntuli, Ronwen Williams, Bongani Zungu, Jabulani Shongwe, George Lebese, Percy Tau and Siyanda Ngubo remained behind and will team up with the side when they return at the weekend before making the trip to Cape Town for Wednesday’s clash against the Super Eagles.
Mashaba said prior to departure yesterday: “I’m glad with this group of players I’m travelling with. We are going there to fight, make no mistake.”
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