17 January 2014

South Africa/Nigeria: Bafana Bafana Captain Khune Doubtful for Nigeria Clash

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Bafana Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune is doubtful for the all-important clash against rivals Nigeria on Sunday, 19 January 2014 due to an ankle injury.

Khune sustained the injury on Wednesday (15 January) when South Africa played to a one-all draw against Mali in the 2014 CHAN tournament currently underway.

The number one goal minder is under the observation of the Bafana Bafana's medical team and will be assessed overnight with coach Gordon Igesund taking a decision on Saturday morning (18 January) whether he will available for the match or not.

"Khune got a knock on his ankle in our last match against Mali, we sent him for a scan which revealed a Grade 1 injury and according to the team doctor he will be out for about three or four days. We will see tomorrow. I have two capable goalkeepers who can be called up should Khune not recover on time, and it is going to be a blow to him and to us," said Igesund.

"We have to look at the repercussions of playing him as we are eyeing the remaining matches of the tournament, and I don't want to take that risk so I will be advised by the medical team how he feels. Serious decisions have to be made as he is keen to play but the long-term effect might be dangerous. Let's not pre-empt anything now but rather wait for Saturday," said Igesund.

Khune did not train with the rest of the squad today (Friday, 17 January).

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