Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune believes his call up to Bafana Bafana supplemented his efforts to regard his form.
Khune’s start to the season left his fans scratching their heads, as he conceded eight goals in his opening six matches, during which the team endured a winless run.
A further non-football related issue distracted Khune after his girlfriend was hospitalised following a near-fatal car accident.
However, since joining the national team camp ahead of their 2019 AFCON qualifier against Libya, ‘Itu’ has returned to his former self and conceded just one goal in his last four appearances.
“It was a great morale booster because, before going into that camp, I know a lot of people complained that I shouldn’t be in Bafana, but I’ve proven time and again that whenever given the opportunity I will give my all, be it for Chiefs or Bafana,” said Khune.
The 31-year-old had a superb game for Bafana against Libya where his saves prevented Bafana from conceding at least three goals in the game.
“Going into that camp, I knew I had to work harder to make people believe in me again. Because, yes, the club wasn’t performing and doing what we are expected to do, and it affected some individuals.”
Khune also admitted that a lack of concentration and communication at the back was central to Chiefs’ struggles at the start of the season.
“I think it’s concentration because at some stage, hence the coach has already played all the central defenders, there was that lack of concentration and communication,” he added.
“We started fixing it at training and now it’s starting to show in matches.”