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Khune Makes Shock Claim Ahead Of Soweto Derby

Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune says he’s not ready to entertain the idea of retirement, contrary to the club’s statement at the start of the season.

Khune, 36, was confirmed to be transitioning into coaching and as an ambassador for the club after over two decades of service.

It appeared he would serve as backup for Brandon Petersen and Bruce Bvuma this season but featuring in three of the last five games has given the veteran goalkeeper a glimmer of hope that he can continue playing beyond the current campaign.

“That is also not guaranteed yet, it will depend on my performances on the field, every player that is registered in the team is willing to work harder,” Khune said when asked by iDiski Times about his ambitions for his ‘final season’.

“Everyone is willing to compete for a place and is willing to give his all for the team in every opportunity he gets, so it’s no difference to me whenever I’m given an opportunity to perform – so that I can get a new contract.

“I did mention at the start of the season that my body can still carry me until I’m 40 plus, if Buffon could do it until 45, El Hadary could do it until 44, who I am at the age of 36 to entertain the fact that someone has an idea that Itu must retire, then I must also entertain that idea.

“The club might have released a statement, well-respected but at the end of the day, I’m competing, I’ve been playing and it will depend on my performances and come end of the season we will look at the stats, we will look at what I can still contribute going forward.

“And that’s is when they can make another decision, in the past, goalkeepers and players have retired and then come out of retirement to come back and compete again, so it’s no different [to his situation].

“I am still playing and I want to continue competing going forward.”

Khune has featured in four games this season, conceding five goals across all competitions.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.