Kaizer Chiefs Khune

Kaizer Chiefs superstar Itumeleng Khune during his prime as a Glamour Boy. Image: @diskifans / Twitter

Former keeper calls for Itumeleng Khune to join Royal Am or AmaZulu

Retired goalkeeper Aime Kitenge believes Kaizer Chiefs veteran Itumeleng Khune should move to a PSL rival for game time.

Kaizer Chiefs Khune

Kaizer Chiefs superstar Itumeleng Khune during his prime as a Glamour Boy. Image: @diskifans / Twitter

Khune played for Chiefs in a MTN8 clash against Mamelodi Sundowns, but almost non-existent game-time for the majority of the season has led to questions about his future at Amakhosi.

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According to a recent report on Soccer Laduma, the 34-year-old Khune, who was handed a two-year deal with an option to extend last season, could possibly work at the club post-retirement.

However, former keeper Aime Kitenge does not believe Khune is anywhere near retirement age, and simply needs to switch to a club where he would play more.

“Khune is at the right age for a keeper to play and I don’t think he is ready to be a goalkeeper coach,” said Kitenge, as quoted by KickOff.com.

“Khune can still play for at least another two years. Gianluigi Buffon is still playing at 44 yet Khune is 34 but some people say he must retire.

“I know Khune very well and he is still the best goalkeeper and all he needs is just to play.

“All that Khune needs is a chance to play, and I would recommend that he moves to Royal AM or even AmaZulu. I know that he loves Kaizer Chiefs because that is the only team that he has ever played for, but I think Khune should just move to Royal AM.”

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Khune has preached patience despite hardly playing

Taking to social media recently, Khune himself shared a short message, which appeared to suggest he wasn’t losing faith despite finding himself down the pecking order when it comes to playing.

“Hard at work, patience!” he stated.

More recently, interim coach Arthur Zwane has provided a clear indication that the stalwart should also just stay “patient”, with his playing days not over just yet by the sounds of it.

He really wants to play,” said Zwane.

“He is pushing himself at training. It is just a matter of selection. Brandon (Petersen) has been doing well, Bruce (Bvuma) and (Daniel) Akpeyi have been doing well. The opportunity will arise again and surely he will get his fair share (of appearances).

“We still believe in him, he has that quality, the experience, and him being in the dressing room motivates the other players.

“He is part of the team whether he is playing or not. He is a positive person and is looking forward to his turn, should it come any time soon. He is a 24 hour professional.”

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