Chan 2014 derails Itumeleng Khune’s plans to train with Stuttgart

2014-01-09 08:29

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The CAF African Nations Championship has knocked out Itumeleng Khune’s plans to train with German side VfB Stuttgart.

The Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs number one and captain was meant to try his luck with the visiting Stuttgart during their pre-season training camp in Cape Town, but that plan was derailed by his inclusion in the Bafana team taking part in the tournament.

Initially, Chiefs had refused to release their players for the event, but relented after reaching a compromise with Safa.

Fredi Bobic, Stuttgart’s executive board director responsible for sport, said they had hoped to have Khune in their training camp but their plans were disrupted by the goalkeeper’s participation in the tournament.

“We got a request to have him train with us for three days and we accepted the request, but now it is no longer possible. We will wait to hear from his agent and the ball is in their court, maybe next time when we come. But I am told he is a good goalkeeper and it would be worth it for our goalkeeper trainers to see him,” said Bobic.

Bobic said he might go watch Bafana’s opening match against Mozambique on Saturday at the Cape Town Stadium, failing which he would watch it on television.

He said they would use their stay in Cape Town to also watch other players taking part in the tournament.

“We are always looking for new talent, who knows, we might find a gem,” said Bobic.

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