In a short clip that has since gone viral, Itumeleng Khune has been heavily criticised for appearing intoxicated as he asks for a speed point to settle a bill.
A video of an apparently inebriated Itumeleng Khune surfaced on Tuesday, 12 March 2019, where the Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper can be seen waving his bank card while his friends ask for a speed point at Moja Café in Johannesburg.
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp confirmed that the 31-year-old international player would be sitting out the rest of this season due to a shoulder injury. A visit to a specialist further confirmed that Khune might be sitting on the side-lines for a lengthy period while he recuperates from the injury.
The surfaced video caused a divide on social media platforms, with supporters being angry at Khune for being intoxicated, while other supporters brushed if off as the goalkeeper just having fun.
Mpule Senong tweeted, “Whoever that shared this video is on a mission to ruin Khune’s reputation. He is human and allowed to enjoy himself with friends.”
Rufus Morwalatswai tweeted words of wisdom to the player, saying “Khune should not let his private life ruin his future and [he must] try to avoid unnecessary publicity. He is a National Asset and should be careful of the company around him. Life after football is more than difficult, needs preparation. May God give you enough Wisdom.”
Vuyi Mangwane simply said, “Wow that Khune’s video is embarrassing.”
DJ Mahoota, who was reportedly at the Soweto club on the same night, came to Khune’s defence. “This thing is being blown out of proportion. I mean all of us are allowed to have fun on a night out with friends. I just don’t understand why this is trending. I just don’t understand what it is that is wrong about what Khune said or did. He was just being funny, and he was just being naughty that’s all,” he said, speaking to Times Live on Tuesday, 12 March 2019.