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Khune to play one last season for Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs have announced that long-serving goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has signed a new contract, which will be his last as a player for the club. He will then take up a new role within the club.

Khune, whose career spans two decades, will play for one last season and then take up a coaching and ambassadorial role.

The 36-year-old will also work with the marketing division at the PSL side based in Naturena.


“It is remarkable that Itu, at the age of 36, has been with Chiefs for over 20 years,” said Chiefs sporting director, Kaizer Motaung Jr.

“It speaks to his love for the game, dedication, hard work and commitment because very few achieve this feat.

“We hope that he gives it his all in this final season and shares his valuable experience with the younger players in the team,” he said.

One last season for Itumeleng Khune as a Kaizer Chiefs player
Itumeleng Khune in action for Kaizer Chiefs

Khune has struggled for some game time in the recent past. He only featured 13 times for Amakhosi this past season. Taking his total number of appearances to 423 in 19 seasons.


The former Bafana Bafana number one spent five years in the Chiefs development structures before being promoted to the senior team in 2004/05 season. This will be his 20th season – which is a new record for the club. Khune made his debut in August 2007 against Jomo Cosmos, at the age of 20.

“While Khune will be involved in training and preparations for matches as a player. He will also use this year to broaden his technical acumen, as he transitions into a new coaching,” the club announced.

Khune holds the record [16] for featuring in the- most number of successive seasons as a Chiefs player in the PSL era.

He now be working under Rainer Dinkelacker, who has returned to the club as well as coaches Aubrey Mathibe and Rory Minnaar in the goalkeeping department.

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