Kaizer Chiefs don’t want you, leave! Khune urged to consider new challenge

The former South Africa international’s club future is not clear after his contract with Amakhosi expired.

Legendary Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has been urged to consider seeking a new challenge since the Glamour Boys are seemingly not interested in having him in their playing unit.

The 37-year-old has played for the Soweto Giants for the past 25 years, making a total of 347 across all competitions and keeping 153 in the process. 

At the beginning of the 2023/24 season, Khune signed a one-year extension, underlining his stand that he has what it takes to play at the highest level for several seasons. He, indeed, managed to reclaim his spot in the starting team, before his disciplinary breach undermined his future with the club.

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Khune is currently a free agent after his contract with Chiefs expired on June 30 and so far nothing has been communicated on the same.

On Thursday, July 4, Amakhosi left Mzansi for Turkey – in preparations for the new season, without their most-capped player. Former club's keeper William Shongwe believes that is a sign the new technical team under incoming coach Nasreddine Nabi may want to have nothing to do with Khune, meaning he should consider leaving.

“I will say this again: if another opportunity presents itself, he should go. Now that he didn’t travel [with the squad to Turkey] it says a lot about his future at the club. That’s all I can say,” he told Far Post.

Itumeleng Khune, Kaizer Chiefs

‘He has three seasons left'

Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeepers' trainer Kennedy Mweene recently opined that Khune can deliver for the next three years if given a chance.

“No, he is not finished; how old is Khune? He is [37, so Khune is not finished. He can still give you another three seasons,” the Zimbabwean said.

“That’s up to him to decide [whether he stays at Chiefs or leaves for another club]. But Khune has been playing for Chiefs since his childhood days, so the pressure on him has become like Vaseline or lotion. He won’t feel it.”

Khune has several options at his disposal ahead of the new season.

Kaizer Chiefs don’t want you, leave! Khune urged to consider new challenge
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