Itumeleng Khune Biography

Itumeleng Khune (born 20 June 1987 in Tshing, Ventersdorp) is an award-winning South African footballer. He plays the position of a goalkeeper for his team in PSL, Kaizer Chiefs, and the SA National team.

Career Highlights

On both teams, Itumeleng is the captain. He caught the attention of soccer lovers both home and abroad on 1 December 2007 when he walked into the spotlight for making three (3) penalty saves against Mamelodi Sundowns. He stopped the goal attempt from Esrom Nyandoro and Peter Ndlovu in the Telkom Knockout final.

He is also the second goalie in the FIFA World Cup history to be asked to leave the pitch. This happened in June 2010 in a football match against Uruguay.

Flexibility is a skill that few goalkeepers possess, and this goalie has loads of other skills. Khune kept football lovers after he performed a Rene Higuita scorpion kick save on October 28, 2015. The save earned him and his team a league victory over Mpumalanga Black Aces.


Itumeleng Khune was born on 20 June 1987 in Tshing, Ventersdorp, North West. He is 34 years old. He was born into the family of Elias Khune (father) and Flora Khune (mother). The goalie has five (5) siblings.

His father also loved the game of football. Though he was a driver at a mine in Carletonville, his father also was a football striker in an amateur football team. Itumeleng is an older brother to Lucky Khune who is also a football player. He plays for a team in Premier Soccer League (PSL), Chippa United.


Itumeleng studied at New Nation, Westridge, St Barnabas, and RW Fick High Schools. His fast reflexes and flexible skills as a goalkeeper are loved by many lovers of the game. Many anticipate what save he would make next.

Personal Life


Itumeleng Khune is married to Sphelele Makhunga, a popular South African model. The couple became husband and wife in 2017 and three years into their marriage their love grows stronger. The couple is still serving some serious relationship goals.

They are proud parents of a baby girl, Amogelang Zenande Khune. Though Itumeleng is ten years older than his wife.


Itu Khune lives in a very luxurious house. A few years back, the goalie got a new house. At the time he got his house, his then-fiancée had a fatal car crash. Following his post, the popular football player left his old house for a new one.

Football Career

He began his professional football career as a defender. In 1999, he came to Chiefs for trials. Following the chest problems he experienced in a junior game, he became a ball boy.

Khune made his first appearance in the PSL game in a match against Jomo Cosmos in August 2007.In the 2013-14 football season, he took home the Goalkeeper of the Year award. This records the second time he is receiving the award in a row.

In September 2014, he was diagnosed with a Grade 3 stress fracture. Earlier, he suffered since February of the same year. In June 2015, following the end of his contract with Kaizer Chief, it was not renewed. On 30 July of the same year, Khune returned to the team, Chiefs, upon signing a new contract following a long period of negotiations.

In March 2008, he made his debut appearance on the Bafana Bafana’s squad against the African Nations Cup (2008). Though he had been part of the squad but did not appear on the field.In the FIFA Confederations Cup, he was SA’s team’s first-choice goalie in 2009. He represented the country’s team in all tournaments of the African Cup of Nations (2013).

The same year, in May, he was chosen to be the team’s captain and was the team’s captain during the 2014 African Nations Champions.

By Shamiso Miracle

Shamiso Miracle completed her degree in journalism and media studies at the University of Zimbabwe before honing her skills at Savanna News. She then went on to work at iHarare News, becoming a voice for everyday SA citizens who wanted to share their stories. When she's not writing news that entertains and inspires ,Shamiso is an avid reader and a wellness bunny.

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