During Memorial service held in Standard Bank Arena of the trio Senzo Meyiwa, Phindile Mwelase and Mbulaeni Mulaudzi.The Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune gave one of the emotional and moving speech about his friend.
From the age of 15, we were already battling for the position of number one,” Khune told sport fans at the Standard Bank Arena to pay homage to three sporting figures who died in the past week.”It went on to Bafana Bafana. We gave them headaches. They never knew who to select or put on the bench.”Khune spoke fondly of his friend Meyiwa and closest rival. Their rivalry was played out throughout the junior structures of South African football up to the national team.He said the coaches would never know who to play. The entire squad would be written on the board except for the position of goalkeeper.”They would ask the players who they wanted to be in goal but they were also confused.
Goalkeeper coach John Tlale used to joke that he wished he could cut me in half and cut Senzo in half, join the two and let us play,” he said.Khune said they lived together while they were still juniors at their clubs.
Khune said the day he got promoted to the senior team at Chiefs, he walked from Mayfair, Johannesburg, to Auckland Park to inform Meyiwa of the good news.”I got there and I told the good news. I then bought him KFC.
Later when he was promoted, he came to me and guess what, he bought me KFC to celebrate. We both wanted to play, we showed character,” said Khune.He said when he was on the sidelines watching Meyiwa flourish with the national team, he asked himself what would happen when he regained fitness.
After much thinking, he decided he would let the team be and play second choice.
Sphiwe Ngweny II