What Khune can teach us all

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cho­rus of an­gels who wor­shipped him 24/7, mov­ing around and bow­ing at his throne.

One of the an­gels, who was called Lu­cifer, had such a sweet voice that he be­came the lead wor­ship­per.

I guess this is where the say­ing voice of an an­gel comes from.

Any­way, Lu­cifer be­came very ar­ro­gant and soon re­garded him­self as be­ing bet­ter than God. He was chased out of heaven and into hell, where he now reigns un­der the name Satan.

I’ve heard some po­lit­i­cal thinkers com­plain that such sto­ries are un­fair to Satan as they are ped­dled by the op­po­si­tion. They ar­gue that Satan has no say in what is said about him.

You might won­der where I am go­ing with this ser­mon.

Whether you be­lieve the story re­counted above or not, there are lessons to be learnt.

The first les­son is that there must al­ways be one bull in a kraal.

The sec­ond is that in­di­vid­u­als usu­ally come up short when they take on an es­tab­lish­ment.

So it is that South Africa and Kaizer Chiefs num­ber one goal­keeper Itume­leng Khune is back at Na­turena. This, af­ter he and his erst­while team-mates, Tefu Mashamaite and Mandla Masango, sniffed at the “peanuts” that Amakhosi had of­fered them.

And they did this be­fore se­cur­ing another club con­tract. Talk about shoot­ing your­self in the foot.

A Twit­ter user summed it up per­fectly, de­scrib­ing the trio’s ac­tions as that of a man who di­vorces his wife in the hope of get­ting mar­ried to US su­per­star Bey­oncé.

I guess now that Khune has been forced to go back cap in hand – and we are told that Masango is also on a mis­sion to re-en­act his own ver­sion of the prover­bial prodi­gal son – the les­son to other play­ers is: do not think too much of your­self.

I have long thought that Khune has dis­played an overblown sense of self-im­por­tance.

It be­came ob­vi­ous to me that the boy was re­ally get­ting out of hand and had be­come a real prima donna, when I saw his ut­ter­ances on so­cial­me­dia plat­forms.

Now, Khune has had his wings clipped.

Big clubs the world over have pro­duced stars who at some stage thought they were big­ger than the club. What do these clubs do? They spit them out like chew­ing gum and con­tinue to achieve great things.

A few lucky play­ers reach greater heights at their new des­ti­na­tions while for oth­ers it proves to be a dead end move.

Thank­fully, Khune is still young and I hope his re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence re­sults in some hu­mil­ity so he can change his ways and achieve even greater things – some­thing he is quite ca­pa­ble of do­ing as he un­doubt­edly has the tal­ent.

Play­ers should cer­tainly stand up for their rights – but they should not hold clubs to ran­som.

They must learn that money is not ev­ery­thing.

It also makes good busi­ness sense for a player to have an agent or busi­ness man­ager who can fo­cus on the fi­nan­cial mat­ters, while the player con­cen­trates on play­ing the game.

That said, play­ers need to en­sure that they are not short-changed and weigh up ad­vice be­fore mak­ing de­ci­sions.

Just as in the story of God and Satan, Khune has tran­si­tioned from be­ing “the mouth” to be­ing the “no com­ment” guy. Mean­while, Chiefs are call­ing the shots and mak­ing state­ments far and wide.

Khune’s re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence holds a good les­son for all of us. The tat­too of Olympic rings that Banyana Banyana cap­tain Ja­nine van Wyk sports on her right arm drives her de­sire to se­cure a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive ap­pear­ance at the Olympic Games.

“The tat­too is a con­stant re­minder that I have played in the Games be­fore [in Lon­don in 2012].

“I want to reach that goal again by play­ing in my sec­ond Olympics, this time as cap­tain of the team,” she said.

How­ever, to keep this Olympics dream alive, Van Wyk and her team­mates must over­come Kenya in their sec­ond-leg qual­i­fier at the Machakos Sta­dium, pre­vi­ously known as the Jomo Keny­atta Sta­dium, this af­ter­noon (2.30pm South African time).

Banyana Banyana take a slen­der ad­van­tage to the east African na­tion, cour­tesy of a 1-0 win over the Haram­bee Star­lets in the first leg, which took place in Dob­sonville, Soweto, a fort­night ago.

“In a way, it is good pres­sure to take a 1-0 lead there be­cause we know that we have to go out and fight.

“It is un­like when we are lead­ing 2-0 or 3-0 be­cause that could re­sult in com­pla­cency,” Van Wyk said.

It is some­thing that we did not ex­pect from them at all. We have to work as a team go­ing into the sec­ond leg to get a good re­sult

JA­NINE VAN WYK

PHOTO: TREVOR KUNENE

FI­NAL TOUCHES Banyana cap­tain Ja­nine van Wyk (right) and Re­filoe Jane (left) dur­ing the team’s fi­nal prepa­ra­tions ahead of their Olympic Games’ qual­i­fier against Kenya

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