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Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune then and now.
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‘Amakhosi for life’: Throwback of young Itu Khune melts hearts

From ‘Spider-Kid’ to Amakhosi superstar: A throwback image of Itu Khune’s childhood dream to play for Kaizer Chiefs is going viral.

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Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune then and now.
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A picture of a young, eager Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Itumeleng “Itu” Khune, is living proof of the phrase “Amakhosi for life.” After all, his dreams to join the team were realised at a very early age.

The football legend has signed a one-year extension on his contract, making him the longest-serving player in the club’s history.


Although Itu Khune joined the first team in 2004, he trialled for the club’s junior division back in 1999.

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As an eager and impressionable 12-year-old, the soccer star tried his luck in the striker and defender positions on the youth side.

According to development coach Jacob “Terror” Sephooa, Khune was a “disaster” on both tries. The young boy – who had travelled from Ventersdorp to Johannesburg – was discovered “crying hysterically.” 

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Kaizer Chiefs has offered goalkeeper Itu Khune a one year contract extension. Images via Twitter: @kaizerchiefs

“He was so desperate to play for Kaizer Chiefs,” Sephooa told Goal.com. A desperate Khune was then given the task of being a “ball boy” but impressed the coaches with his agility and speed in the goal post.

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His name, “Spider-Kid,” was born, and the young boy was given the official goalkeeper position.

“You could tell the boy really loved Kaizer Chiefs,” Sephoaa added.

Khune would later join Chief’s first division in 2004 and would finally be given game time in 2007 after the departure of Rowen Fernandez and Emille Baron.

In 2011, Khune was appointed captain of Kaizer Chiefs.


Meanwhile, an image of a young Itumleneg Khune has had football fans inspired by the star’s dedication and commitment to the team.

In the pic, the young boy is seen wearing an oversized Chiefs jersey while holding up a poster of the team.

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The image was tweeted by Supersport presenter Thomas Mlambo, who posted: “One last dance for Khune. 

“A lifetime of service reaches its end.”