YESTERDAY was a strange day for Kurt Lentjies, who had lunch with his wife while in his hospital bed recovering from a mild concussion and dislocated shoulder after colliding with Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune in their Telkom Knockout clash.
Khune came out of the nasty collision with a fractured bone in his face which was confirmed by a specialist yesterday morning. The incident could well force Khune to miss Bafana Bafana’s 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Senegal at Peter Mokaba Stadium this week.
So scathing were the social media messages aimed at Lentjies that the Chippa United midfielder does not even care to look at them any more. Some even suggested that the 32 year old has cost the country a potential place at the World Cup.
“The incident was just unfortunate. I wish Khune a speedy recovery, but does anyone care about what happened to me? “I am here with concussion and a dislocated shoulder. But that is not as important because I am not Mzansi’s No 1,” Lentjies said.
“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. “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 asks if I am fine or not.”
South Africans will feel the Khune injury is an example of bad karma after they initially celebrated the injury that Sadio Mane sustained in Senegal’s draw with Cape Verde. Mane had to limp off with a hamstring injury, but has since made a full return, wreaking havoc as Liverpool thrashed West Ham United 3-1 on Saturday.
The injury to Khune could mean either Wayne Sandilands, who is going through a terrible patch at the moment or Ronwen Williams will be tasked with keeping a clean sheet against Mane and his Senegal teammates in Polokwane on Friday.