Kaizer Chiefs and Itumeleng Khune pulling in different directions.

Kaizer Chiefs marketing director Jessica Motaung has affirmed the club’s unwavering support for goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune. Image: X@ Kaizer Chiefs

Unprecedented goalkeeper crisis at Kaizer Chiefs?

Kaizer Chiefs have a goalkeeper crisis on their hands, or gloves. How will they solve it?

Kaizer Chiefs and Itumeleng Khune pulling in different directions.

Kaizer Chiefs marketing director Jessica Motaung has affirmed the club’s unwavering support for goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune. Image: X@ Kaizer Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs have a goalkeeper crisis in their hands the likes of which we’ve never seen.

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As things stand, the club’s three senior goalkeepers all have contracts expiring in June 2024. That’s not a great bargaining position for the Amakhosi board to be in, yet here we are.

Skipper Itumeleng Khune says he’s still keen to continue his playing career, even though the club stated that his latest contract would be his final one at Naturena. In June, management staff indicated Khune would hang up his boots and then step into an ambassadorial role with some coaching sprinkled in too. The player, however, is making different sounds altogether.

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Khune keen to continue?

“It will depend on my performance on the field. Every player who is registered in the team is willing to work harder, to compete for a place and give his all for the team with every opportunity they get,” Khune was quoted on TimesLive.

“There is no difference with me. Whenever I am given an opportunity I will perform so  I can get a new contract. I mentioned at the start of the season that my body can carry me until I am over 40.” 

“If Buffon could do it until he is 45, El-Hadary could do it until 44, who am I at the age of 36 to entertain the fact that someone has an idea that Itumeleng must retire?

“The club might have released a statement, which is well respected, but at the end of the day I am competing and I have been playing. It will depend on my performance,” said Khune.

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Naturena Village in all its glory. Image: Ernest Makhaya

Undermining his legacy?

It’s now 10 consecutive Chiefs appearances for Khune without a clean sheet. After his 28th Soweto Derby appearance ended in a 1-0 defeat, Khune has lost nine of the last 10 matches he’s started for the Glamour Boys. The one win in that sequence was a recent 3-2 success against hapless Cape Town Spurs. It was also his first Soweto Derby start since 2018 and now the longest sequence without a clean sheet in his entire career.

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Kaizer Chiefs stalwart Itumeleng Khune. Photo: BackpagePix

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