South Africa Goalie Itumeleng Khune is a big cheat… Khalifa Jabbie
The Sierra Leone Norwegian-based midfielder, Khalifa Jabbie (in photo), has described the South Africa goalkeeper Khune Itumeleng as ‘the biggest cheat’ he has ever played against in professional football.
The 18-year old young star Khalifa Jabbie who made his second international appearance for Leone Stars says he wonders what benefit the 24 year-old Itumeleng got in slowing the match at the tail end of the second half of Leone Stars’ final Group G 2012 away qualifying match against Bafana Bafana on October 8 2011 in Nelspruit, South Africa.
The match ended 0-0 with Itumeleng Khune playing an instrumental role to ensure the result stays that way, hoping his side will make it to the finals of the 2012 Nations Cup.
Bafana Bafana team doctors spent almost seven of the last ten minutes of the match treating the goalkeeper on the pitch after claiming to have sustained an unsuspected injury.
Itumeleng’s treatment continued also in the first minute of the four minutes of added time, forcing the Kenya referee Sylvester Kirwa to blow the final whistle signaling the end of the match played just under two minutes of the four minutes of additional time.
“Khune Itumeleng is a big cheat I have ever come across in professional football,” Khalifa Jabbie said.
He continued: “he was just playing pranks in order to buy time but none of our strikers or any other player for that matter came in very close contact with him.”
Jabbie said further that the Kaizer Chiefs’ stopper Itumeleng Khune knew very well as a professional player such actions are unacceptable.
“Why did he had to pretend he was injured when in the first place none of us came in close contact with him,” he ask, adding: “he was just buying time because he knew it was certain we should have scored a goal in those dying minutes of the match considering the immense pressure our strikers brought to bear on his defenders.”
Meanwhile, both Bafana Bafana and Leone Stars crashed out of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea as it was Niger that made it through as Group G leaders.
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By Frank Cole in Nelpruit, South Africa
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