Itumeleng Khune Biography: Age, Wife, Career, Salary & Net Worth


Itumeleng Khune (born 20 June 1987) is a South African footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier Soccer League, and also the South African national team.

His career shot to fame when he saved three penalties from Esrom Nyandoro and Peter Ndlovu against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Telkom Knockout final on 1 December 2007.

He is described as a player with “higher than normal diving skills and reflexes, making him a skilled close-shot and free-kick stopper with elite kicking abilities and accurate goal kicks and punts, taking pressure off his defence and creating attacking opportunities for his offence.

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Khune is technically skilled with his weak foot as well, which will allow him to accurately clear the ball with either foot when under pressure.

Itumeleng Khune photo

Itumeleng Khune Age

He was born on the 20th of June 1987 in Tshing, Ventersdorp in the North West, South Africa. As of 2023, he is 36 years old and celebrates his birthday on June 20th every year.

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Itumeleng Khune Wife

He is married to Sphelele Makhunga. The couple have a beautiful baby girl together and are expecting another.

Itumeleng Khune Family

He is one of the six children of Elias and Flora Khune. His father Elias, worked as a driver at a mine in Carletonville and also played amateur football as a striker. He is the brother of Lucky Khune who plays for Baberwa FC.

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According to sources, he settled on R470,000 a month at Kaizer Chiefs when signing his new contract, a figure that works out around R5.6 million a year.

Net Worth

He has a Net Worth of about R15 Million making him one of the richest players in the PSL

Awards & Honours

Kaizer Chiefs

  • Premier Soccer League (3): 2004–05, 2012–13, 2014–15
  • ABSA Cup/Nedbank Cup (2): 2006, 2013, 2014
  • Coca-Cola Cup/Telkom Knockout (4): 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010
  • SAA Supa 8/MTN 8 (3): 2006, 2008, 2014, 2015


  • PSL Footballer of the Year 2012–13
  • PSL Players’ Player of the Season 2007–08, 2012–13
  • PSL Club Rookie of the Year 2007–08
  • SA Sports Awards Sportsman of the Year 2013
  • SA Sports Awards Newcomer of the Year 2008
  • Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament 2007
  • Telkom Knockout Goalkeeper of the Tournament 2007
  • Premier Soccer League Goalkeeper of the Season 2007–08, 2012–13,2013–14
  • Kaizer Chiefs Player of the Season 2007–08, 2012–13
  • Kaizer Chiefs Player’s Player of the Season 2007–08, 2012–13
  • Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament 2013


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