Kaizer Chiefs Khune PSL transfer rumours

Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs. Image: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Kaizer Chiefs are disrespecting Itumeleng Khune says club legend

Are Kaizer Chiefs disrespecting long-time goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune or is it time for the stopper to give up the gloves?

Kaizer Chiefs Khune PSL transfer rumours

Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs. Image: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Former Kaizer Chiefs star Junior Khanye believes that Itumeleng Khune is the victim of disrespect.

Khanye feels that the recent tribute to Khune was far too low-key considering what he has achieved at Naturena.

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Kaizer Chiefs are disrespecting Itumeleng Khune

“Itumeleng Khune’s situation is painful, and it hurts me, and I can imagine what it is doing to him if it does this to me,” Khanye told Soccer Laduma

“The guy didn’t deserve to be honoured in the way it was done over the weekend. He deserved more. This is the guy who sacrificed so much for the club over the years, having come through their development and he deserved a lot more than what I saw being done on Saturday.”

Kaizer Chiefs have reportedly offered Khune a position on the club’s coaching staff.

However, Khune has not been convinced to retire.

Time to give up

Former Sundowns star Hlompho Kekana believes that Khune should give up his playing career.

“I wish he could understand and face the reality that he will never play forever,” Kekana told SABC’s Soccer Zone.

“At this stage that he finds himself in, one would say leave the game before you start hating the game.”

“The reality says the system doesn’t want you anymore. So when the system doesn’t want you anymore, make sure that you move. You don’t want to watch football one day and hate it.

“He played for Bafana; he captained the Kaizer Chiefs team, which won the league. I mean, he has done so much. What point does he want to prove, and to whom?”

Itumeleng Khune cannot let go

Khune himself insists that he wants to emulate players like Gianluigi Buffon and play into his 40s.

“I have been getting a lot of those questions [on when I’m retiring]. I look up to goalkeepers like Buffon, and those types of guys have kept me going,” Khune said according to Goal.com.

“For people to keep on saying that I must retire, I don’t understand. I might not be getting game time as much as I want, but we had that discussion with the coach at the start of the season, and my role is to guide the others.

“I can’t complain to the coach because I am not getting game time, I respect the coach, and he respects me. My experience is needed in the team. I want to play until I am 40 plus, but whether that will be at Kaizer Chiefs is up to the club and what I bring to the table. I am not ready to retire.”