Khune requests to play in protective mask

CAPE TOWN- Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has asked to play in a protective mask after suffering an optical fracture, in the important 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Senegal.
The goalkeeper sustained a facial injury when he collided with Kurt Lentjies of Chippa United on Sunday during a Telkom Knockout quarter final clash and needed to be rushed to hospital.
Stuart Baxter, head coach of Bafana Bafana, confirmed that Khune had asked for a protective mask to be prepared after seeing a facial specialist.
“Itu has seen a specialist and he will see one more (on Tuesday), Baxter said after the morning training session at the match venue, Itu himself has asked us to prepare a mask, which means he’s hopeful,” said Baxter.
“But that could be enthusiasm and ambition. The final decision will rest with the medical people,” Baxter added.
Dr Thulani Ngwenya, who is Bafana Bafana team doctor, said that he is still hopeful with regard to the situation after refusing to rule out the possibility of Khune facing Senegal.
The coach is facing another setback after Thulani Serero had ruled himself out of selection.
Bafana need a win against Senegal on Friday and then beat them again in their return fixture on Tuesday in Senegal in order to book their place in Russia.
A single point is enough for Senegal to guarantee their qualification.

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