Khune blew precious minutes

MISCALCULATION: Bafana keeper Itumeleng Khune
MISCALCULATION: Bafana keeper Itumeleng Khune

BAFANA Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune displayed the most unsportsmanlike behaviour with his time-wasting antics when Bafana Bafana drew against Sierra Leone on Saturday.

Bafana were bundled out of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and Niger will advance as Group G leaders based on the head-to-head rule.

It was thought that a draw with Sierra Leone was enough, should Egypt beat Niger, and Khune got wind of the news that the young Pharaohs were hammering Niger 3-0 in Cairo.

That's when the Khune show rolled into Mbombela as the acrobatic Kaizer Chiefs keeper rolled around pretending to be in tremendous pain.

But what he did not know was that that time could have been used to pursue a goal that would have taken Bafana to the Cup of Nations.

He must have wasted about five minutes with the medical team.

Whether he was following instructions from the technical team remains unknown, but it was just plain bad sportsmanship. This infuriated Sierra Leone players, who confronted the Kenyan referee to demand he add the time Khune was wasting.

Indirectly giving the Leone Stars the middle finger, Khune was one of the first players to run the length of the pitch celebrating. Today he must know those minutes he threw away could have averted the nightmare.