Itumeleng Khune of South Africa during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier South Africa training session at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 09 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Friday Nov 10, 2017. 19:00
Itumeleng Khune has been the name on everyone's lips this week, and news that he will start tonight's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Senegal will come as a huge source of relief.
There is no doubt that the 30-year-old is the country's number one goalkeeper, and as soon as reports surfaced that he might be ruled out of home and away fixtures against the Lions of Teranga - panic started to spread.
Khune, though, was never going to let a facial injury rule him out of the clash and will this evening take to the field in a protective mask. Five days after leaving Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 win over Chippa United on a stretcher.
Not quite a batman mask, but something similar as pictured in the tweets below...
His heroics have duly been praised and there is no doubt that Spider Kid's presence will have a major influence on his teammates as Bafana Bafana aim to achieve the impossible.
South Africa need to beat the Lions of Teranga home and away if they are to book a ticket to Russia, with their counterparts to seal a place at next year's World Cup with victory in Polokwane.
But, whatever the outcome, Khune's courageousness will be well documented and rightfully so - especially amid Thualani Serero's antics in failing to pitch for national duty...