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Itumeleng Khune’s bold declaration amid Chiefs tribute

Kaizer Chiefs’ long-serving goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune made a bold declaration after his 25 years of service tribute on Saturday at FNB Stadium.

The 36-year-old was honoured before Chiefs’ lacklustre goalless draw against Polokwane City, marking a quarter of a century of service to the club. 

Amakhosi’s interim coach, Cavin Johnson, gave the former Bafana Bafana number one goalie a 14-minute run against City. Khune replaced Bruce Bvuma late in the second half as part of the tribute. 

The veteran shot-stopper, who had last played a competitive match for Chiefs in November 2023, kept a clean sheet. Khune missed months of action after he was slapped with a suspension for disciplinary reasons.

The Soweto giants announced ahead of the 2023/24 season that it would be the player’s last as an active team member, transitioning to a different role at the club after his contract expires in June.


The veteran goalkeeper, however, dismissed the notion of this being his last game, highlighting his ongoing commitment to the team. In a bold declaration, he insisted his journey with the club was far from over.

Kaizer Chiefs veteran goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune flanked by Kaizer Motaung Jr [Sporting Director] and Bobby Motaung [Football Manager]
Kaizer Chiefs veteran goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune flanked by Kaizer Motaung Jr [Sporting Director] and Bobby Motaung [Football Manager]

Speaking to SuperSport TV, Khune stated: “This journey is still long. We’re still going to see each other. We’re still going to travel together.” He emphasised that the club’s recognition was for his dedication and service, not a goodbye.

Khune further clarified that discussions about his future with the club are yet to be finalised. “I think we will go back, sit down, and discuss the future. But for now, nothing has been confirmed yet.”

Despite his age, Khune remains confident in his abilities. “My legs can still carry me for the next couple of years.” He expressed his commitment to continue giving his all for the team whenever given the opportunity.

The goalkeeper’s statement contrasts with previous announcements from the club, suggesting that the 2023/24 season would be his last as a player before transitioning into a different role. His defiance has ignited speculation among fans about his future at Chiefs. 

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