Lentjies hits back at backlash after Khune collision

Cape Town – Chippa United midfielder Kurt Lentjies feels it is unfair that he is being blamed for an injury to Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.

Kaizer Chiefs stopper Khune is a major doubt to feature for South Africa in back-to-back 2018 Soccer World Cup qualifiers against Senegal after he broke a bone in his face following a nasty collision with Lentjies five minutes from time in Sunday's Telkom Knockout win over Chippa.

Lentjies has come under fire, especially on social media, but the experienced Cape Town-born play-maker feels the criticism is unwarranted.

"The incident was just unfortunate. I wish Khune a speedy recovery, but does anyone care about what happened to me?

"I am here with a concussion and a dislocated shoulder. But that is not as important because I am not Mzansi's No 1," Lentjies told The New Age.

"Am I even a dirty player? Look at my career. I have always been an honest player and I would never go out to intentionally injure another player," he continued.

"But what is happening (the hostile social media) does not bother me. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I am just surprised that no one even asked if I am fine or not."

Meanwhile Khune has requested to play in against Senegal in a protective mask that has raised hopes that he will be available for selection in Friday's match.

"Itu himself has asked us to prepare a mask‚ which means he’s hopeful. But that could be enthusiasm and ambition.

"The final decision will rest with the medical people," Baxter said.

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