Itumeleng Isaac Khune was born on 20 June 1987.  He is a South African footballer who plays as goalkeeper for Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier Soccer League, and also the South African national team.

He is the former 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

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

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.

The South African international goalkeeper plans to become a manager.

As  a player, Khune has won;

  • The 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, 2015 with Kaizer Chiefs.


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

Khune, 30, had been working toward his coaching badges this summer, and revealed his future plans on his Instagram account on Monday evening.

“After 23 years in the game, I have considered the next step in my career. I will retire as soon as my body tells me to stop.” he said in a brief video. “I have decided to go into management as soon as a hang my gloves.

Khune began his career with Kaizer Chiefs Youth team in 1994 and moved to the senior team in 2004, where he won lots of trophies.

He had also enjoyed great success with Bafana Bafana making 78 appearances since joining in 2008.