“I WILL BE HAPPY FOR WHOEVER WINS THE 2016 AFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR,”- KHUNE
*Caption: Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana first choice Goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune.
Written by: Samkele Sokhela
Confederation of African Football (CAF) African Player of the Year nominee Itumeleng Khune believes that Mamelodi Sundowns players, that he is nominated alongside with, are the ones who have a great chance of winning the 2016 African Player of the Year award after their 2016 CAF Champions league startling triumph.
The Bafana Bafana first choice goalkeeper admitted that he is not expecting to win any award, as he did not participate much in African competitions compared to the other players that are nominated for the prize. However, he believes that any player who is nominated for the award deserves it.
“I’m not expecting to win anything. Any award that I have ever been nominated in, I don’t expect myself to win anything. I think everyone who is nominated in that category deserves to win it. If I win I’ll be happy, and if another player wins, I will be happy for him. Because to be quite fair, I haven’t been participating in African competitions such as the Champions league,” said Khune.
He added that Mamelodi Sundowns players, goalkeeper Dennis Onyango, midfielders Khama Billiat, Hlompho Kekana and Keagan Dolly all stand a great chance of winning the African Player of the Year award, because of their great run in the Champions league.
“Our neighbours, Sundowns had an incredible year in Africa. It is their players that stand a good chance of winning it (the award). So, if one of us, as South Africans wins it I’ll be so much happy for him,” concluded the Kaizer Chiefs shot-stopper.
According to the official CAF website, the two main awards, African Player of the Year- Based in Africa and African Player of the Year, which also includes players playing outside Africa award selection process involved four components of the Electoral College: members of the CAF media committee, members of the CAF technical and development committee, panel of 20 experts (journalists, TV consultants), member associations.
The CAF 2016 Awards Gala will be held in Abuja, Nigeria on the 5th of January 2017.