Denis Onyango: "Khune Deserves Goalie Award, I will be Runner-up"

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango has backed rival Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs to walk away with the Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season Award.

The two shot-stoppers are expected to go head-to-head for the accolade in the Premiership end of the season awards.

Onyango played a pivotal role as Sundowns went all the way to clinch the Premiership title while Khune has the most clean sheets so far into the 2017/18 season.

The Ugandan said as much as he has won the Premiership title with Sundowns, and believes the Amakhosi captain has been the best goalkeeper through-out the season, keeping 16 clean sheets.
Khune was Fantastic this Season 

Onyango told SuperSport on Thursday night: "I think Itu has done well. I think Itu, I mean sixteen clean sheets.

"He has been fantastic, he has done it all. I don’t know who will win it; I’m not part of the panel, but I think he deserves it. I will be the runner-up. I would love to win it, but he has done well. If someone has done well you must respect it."

Itumeleng Isaac Khune born on 20 June 1987, is a South African footballer who plays as goalkeeper for Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier Soccer League, and also the South African national team. He is the former captain of both. 

Khune shot to fame when he saved three penalties from Esrom Nyandoro and Peter Ndlovu against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Telkom Knockout final on 1 December 2007. 

He is also well known for saving a David Villa penalty and proceeding to make a double save in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup group stage match against Spain a day before his 22nd birthday on 20 June 2009.

On 16 June 2010 against Uruguay, Khune became being the second goalkeeper in the history of the FIFA World Cup to be sent off. He is also famous for performing a Rene Higuita scorpion kick save in a league victory over Mpumalanga Black Aces on 28 October 2015.

Khune is known for his quick reflexes and his distribution which has been hailed as "the best you will see anywhere" by former Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld.


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