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Itumeleng Khune might miss South Africa’s 2019 Afcon campaign

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 10: Itumeleng Khune, goalkeeper of South Africa in action during the match between South Africa and Iraq mens football for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 at Arena Corinthians on August 10, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)
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The Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper is recovering from a shoulder injury, as the Bafana Bafana prepare for the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

South Africa will play in Group D of the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt this summer.

But they might miss one key piece to their hopes, as goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has suffered a shoulder injury.

And while the Kaizer Chiefs keeper is recovering well, time might not allow him to be 100 percent ready for the challenge.

“Regarding Itu Khune, what are you expecting me to answer? Is he fit? Let’s be honest, seriously, it’s nearly the end of April. Not even now, not even over shoulder. There’s no ball involved at all,” the Chiefs’ coach Ernst Middendorp told Goal.

“There’s no chance. 100 percent [no chance].”

“If somebody dreams about having Itu Khune into Afcon when he’s not even at training he’s not serious and [he would] dishonest to do something like that,” he added.

“That’s my opinion, but if the national team coach [Baxter] has an idea to call Khune for Afcon, it’s his decision. Our medical department definitely has other ideas.”

“Secondly, he should make it really happen to concentrate and have a very clear structure to prepare himself to have a good start to the [next] season. We have Bruce and Daniel, who’s more and more settling in. We have goalkeepers who have high competitive quality level,” he concluded.

The Bafana Bafana will play against Morocco, Ivory Coast, and Namibia in the summer.