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Khune delves into the reasons why players struggle to succeed at Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune has delved into the reasons why many players struggle to find long-term success at the club.

While the PSL giants have consistently made signings to strengthen their squad over the years, they have also developed a pattern of releasing a significant number of players at the end of each season.

The former Bafana Bafana international is the long-serving player at the club with over two decades in the Soweto giants set-up.

The skipper has witnessed it all, the happy times; winning trophies, and the sad times; trophy drought.


According to Khune, most players don’t last at Naturena because they can’t handle the pressure and demands of playing for a big brand like Kaizer Chiefs.

Itumeleng Khune in action fir Kaizer Chiefs in the DStv Premiership
Itumeleng Khune in action fir Kaizer Chiefs in the DStv Premiership

“It seems like a lot of other players when they come to Chiefs don’t expect the treatment they get,” said Khune. “That’s why it’s difficult for them to settle in, that’s why it’s difficult for them to adjust. It’s never easy for them to last because they can’t deal with the pressure.

“The players are coming from outside wanting to play for Kaizer Chiefs. As soon as they get there, they realise that this jersey is heavy.”

In addition, Khune made a reference to himself as he has been at the club for over 20 years now.

“It’s not just anyone who can come in and wear it for more than five years. I wore this jersey for the past 25 years.

“I understand how heavy it is and when I get on the field, what is it I have to do in order for me to continue playing,” Khune added.

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