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Bafana Doctor: Playing Khune Was Brave

November 13, 2017

Bafana Bafana team doctor, Dr. Thulani Ngwenya, says that deciding whether Itumeleng Khune played against Senegal was one of the most difficult decisions in his career.

Khune suffered a knock to the face while playing fro Chiefs, but was declared eligible after he was allowed to play a mask.

However, the inclusion of the Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper didn’t make too much of a difference as Bafana lost 2-0 to the Lions of Teranga on Friday evening.

Ngwenya told SAFA.net, “It was one of the most difficult cases that I have come across in my career. But in the end, we did our best as a team and it paid off… I would have been damned had Itu aggravated his injury and would have been damned had I decided not to play him. In end, it was a brave and correct call that we made a last minute decision to field him and it all went well.

“I would like to also give credit to the team physiotherapist and masseur for their professionalism and diligent work in making sure the player was fit to play. Once we got scans from his club, our main focus for the rest of the week was to make him ready for the game. We slowly integrated him into the team and the player responded positively.

“We however, had to make the final call on his inclusion into the team at the very last minute because every decision was very critical.”