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Kaizer Chiefs keeper Itumeleng Khune plays his last game for the club. Image: Kaizer Chiefs website

‘Supporters chose Sassa over Khune’ – Johnson explains poor attendance

Itumeleng Khune’s farewell match at the FNB stadium saw a very low turnout and Cavin Johnson explained why that was the case.

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Kaizer Chiefs keeper Itumeleng Khune plays his last game for the club. Image: Kaizer Chiefs website

Kaizer Chiefs coach Cavin Johnson explained why there was poor attendance during Itumeleng Khune’s farewell match at the FNB Stadium.

The 36-year-old goalkeeper played his last match for Amakhosi at the iconic venue. Having served for 25 years, Khune will retire from football at the end of the season, according to the club.

On Saturday, he came off as a second-half substitute, with Bruce Bvuma preferred in goals against Polokwane City. The star kept a clean sheet as Amakhosi were held to a goalless draw by Rise and Shine at home. Having played for the Chiefs senior side since 2007, many expected FNB to be packed to celebrate the former Bafana Bafana captain. Like any ordinary Chiefs match, supporters decided to stay home and the keeper was only celebrated by a handful.

Speaking after the match, Johnson blamed elections for low attendance during Khune’s last match.

“We expect to have more today, we didn’t but you look back and look at what’s happening around the country, a lot of elections,” he said. “People say ‘let me go elect so I can get Sassa more.’ Or let me go here and see what they are doing, are they going to burn or fix our potholes.

“If they never had that and found out Itu was honoured, I’m sure our supporters would have been more.”

Chiefs coach Cavin Johnson honours Itu Khune

Johnson was appointed as coach in October following the sacking of Molefi Ntseki. Although he started his tenure well, he lost momentum, and his side has struggled since. The 59-year-old entrusted Bvuma with goals since taking over, with Khune being the third-choice keeper.

“We have to give thanks to Itu(Khune) for serving this team for such great years, he did a lot for the team so we just honouring him, but as the coach who leads the team now and some of the players; we feel honoured to be in his presence,” he said as per iDiski Times.

“We wish him all the best and hope he gets honoured with more of these accolades, Johnson on Khune.

Khune celebrated at an empty FNB stadium

Kaizer Chiefs are in action next week against relegated Cape Town Spurs. The Soweto Giants need a convincing win the secure a top-eight finish following their 0-0 draw on Saturday. Next weekend’s match will serve as Johnson’s last as Chiefs coach and also Khune’s last as a player.