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Khune Was Disrespected – Khanye

Former Kaizer Chiefs winger Junior Khanye feels that the club’s technical team disrespected veteran goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, in what most believed was his last outing as a Chiefs player.

Khune, who is the longest serving member of the club has been at Naturena since his youth, was promoted to the first team in the 2004/05 season and has been with Amakhosi for 25 years overall.

The former captain came on in the last 15 minutes of the goalless draw against Polokwane City at FNB stadium, replacing Bruce Bvuma after being honoured by the club before the match.

Khanye believes Khune deserved better, adding that the keeper might have not even played in the game if the fans at the stadium didn’t call for him.

“I’m very disappointed by Kaizer Chiefs technical team,” said Khanye on iDiski TV.

“I need to be honest Itumeleng Khune has done well for Kaizer Chiefs. This is not how you honour your legend, I mean fans had to intervene. We are talking about one of the best goalkeepers the country has ever produced in history.

“I see South Africa is making him retire and I don’t understand why. When I speak specifically about Chiefs, I don’t understand how he was in the 18 man squad and started on the bench and he only comes on after fans are shouting.

“For me that’s bad. I mean they did announce that it will be his last game, so just play him. I’m disappointed that it took fans for him to play.

“To me it seems like if the fans didn’t shout for him to come one, Khune wouldn’t have played. I think that’s not a way to honour a senior player.”

You can listen to Khanye’s analysis of the DStv Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Polokwane City on IDiski TV official YouTube channel.

Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago is currently working as a web and newspaper writer for iDiski Times. This award-winning sports journalist covers the Limpopo area and also specialises in coverage of women's football, including Banayana Banyana.