Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Khune

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune to be honoured. Image: Kaizer Chiefs website

Itumeleng Khune to play last match for Chiefs? What’s next?

Kaizer Chiefs veteran keeper Itumeleng Khune will be honoured by the club this weekend. The club says Khune will retire this season.

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Khune

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune to be honoured. Image: Kaizer Chiefs website

Kaizer Chiefs are set to honour former Bafana Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune for his 25 years of service.

The 36-year-old keeper is currently in his last season with Amakhosi. Before the start of the season, the club announced that Khune would remain at Chiefs for a different role within the coaching structure. The former Bafana number-one keeper has since disputed what the club said and made it clear that he will play football next season.

On Thursday, Kaizer Chiefs released a statement on ex-Bafana star Itumeleng Khune. The Soweto Giants asked for fans to flock to FNB Stadium this Saturday to honour Khune.

Mzansi’s top keeper will be honoured before the team’s final home match of the campaign.

“The fixture against Polokwane City promises to be an emotional and celebratory one as the Club, teammates and supporters say thank you to one of the most decorated players in Chiefs’ history,” Amakhosi said in a statement.

Kaizer Chiefs to Honour Itumeleng Khune

“Khune, a stalwart of South African football, has been a pillar of strength for Kaizer Chiefs for over two decades, having arrived as a youngster from Ventersdorp, in the North West, back in 1999. Known for his exceptional goalkeeping skills and leadership on and off the field, Khune started in the Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development Academy before being promoted to the senior team at the start of the 2004/05 season.”

Khune spent five years in the youth structures and is currently in his record-setting 20th season with the senior team.

Saturday’s match will be the penultimate outing for the Glamour Boys, who wrap up the season in Cape Town against Cape Town Spurs on 25 May.

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Itumeleng Khune made his Kaizer Chiefs debut in 2007 against Jomo Cosmos. He then shot to fame when he saved three penalties from Esrom Nyandoro and Peter Ndlovu against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Telkom Knockout final later that year. A few months later, he was called to the Bafana Bafana setup, where he cemented his place for almost a decade. Khune was in goals during the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup on home soil.

Amakhosi’s star keeper played over 300 matches and is one of the club’s most capped players. Saturday could see the former captain play his last match in the iconic Black and Gold colours. Itumeleng Khune could join another PSL side if he chooses not to retire at Chiefs this month.