Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune may have an option in Sekhukhune United. Image: Bona Magazine

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune may have an option in Sekhukhune United. Image: Bona Magazine

UPDATE: What Itumeleng Khune’s future holds at Kaizer Chiefs

Veteran keeper Itumeleng Khune could remain at Kaizer Chiefs after this season. But in what capacity? We take a closer look.

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune may have an option in Sekhukhune United. Image: Bona Magazine

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune may have an option in Sekhukhune United. Image: Bona Magazine

Itumeleng Khune is expected to bid farewell to Kaizer Chiefs after this season, but that’s in a playing capacity.

Khune is now 36 years old, and while he may still be harbouring hopes of being able to extend his career, all indications suggest that any continued role at the club will be in a different role.

It shouldn’t be forgotten that last year there was already talk that Khune will be transitioning into a new coaching and ambassadorial role. His agent Thato Matuka even explained how this will play out.

“It was agreed by two parties and he is now going to retire at Chiefs,” Matuka told Sowetan Live previously. “This is his last season at Chiefs and then he is going to do his goalkeeper coaching badges and the club was very clear in terms of the role.

“They did highlight that he will play the club ambassador role and also do some goalkeeping courses in preparation for life after football. Both parties are happy we are very clear and we are on the same page.

“He needs to get his coaching badge. This is about the three-year project, he can’t become a senior coach overnight. We have to respect the current coaches that are there and he will definitely learn from them.”

Things have changed for Itumeleng Khune at Kaizer Chiefs recently

Of course, some planning might have changed after Khune was involved in a well-publicised disciplinary issue this season, but according to The Citizen, “chairman Dr Kaizer Motaung has a soft spot for Khune”.

It’s believed this could lead to the veteran keeper being offered a position within the development structures at Chiefs, ultimately beginning his transition into a mentorship and coaching role.

Even if Khune doesn’t have a future role at the club, he’s already confirmed that he will no pursue a playing opportunity anywhere else.

“I told myself that I want to play here until I hang up my gloves,” he commented. “I think I’ve done tremendously well when it comes to that part, and if I’m forced to retire at the end of the season, I can retire peacefully and start focusing on other things. But I’ve never seen myself representing any other brand besides Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana.”

Having said that, another source is quoted by Soccer Laduma to suggest he could still “assess his options elsewhere because all he wants to do is play”.

Last year, Kaizer Chiefs did already make it clear that this would be Khune’s final campaign as a playing squad member.

The club may have identified a replacement already

According to The Citizen, Richards Bay goalkeeper Salim Magoola remains a viable target for Chiefs.

The 27-year-old and his representatives are apparently keen to consider a move to Amakhosi, but it’s also suggested that he is on the radar of SuperSport United and Chippa United.

It also can’t be forgotten that Chiefs have extended the contracts of Brandon Petersen and No 1 keeper Bruce Bvuma.

You can hear what he had to say about his future below: