Class Is Permanent: Former Kaizer Chiefs Player Junior Khanye Thinks That Itumuleng Khune Should Be Selected

Class Is Permanent: Former Kaizer Chiefs Player Junior Khanye Thinks That Itumuleng Khune Should Be Selected

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
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  • Former Kaizer Chiefs player Junior Khanye believes that Itumuleng Khune deserves a place in the first-team squad
  • Itumuleng Khune proved that he still has what it takes to perform at a high level after his showing in the DStv Compact Cup
  • Khune hasn't played for Kaizer Chiefs since August 2021 and Junior Khanye believes that he should be returned to the starting lineup

Itumuleng Khune proved that age is but a number as he put on a show during the DStv Compact Cup and former Kaizer Chiefs player Junior Khanye took notice.

Khanye, who now plays for Malanti Chiefs in the Swazi Premier League, often has shared his thoughts on his former club and some of the decisions they’ve made.

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Former Kaizer Chiefs Player Junior Khanye has called for the Amakhosi to include Itumuleng Khune in their playing squad if they were serious about winning. Image: Carl Fourie
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After watching Khune’s performances during the recent DStv Compact Cup, Khanye said that Khune proved that class is permanent, Soccer Laduma reported.

“Itumeleng Khune is one of the best goalkeepers if not the best, and not only for Kaizer Chiefs but in South Africa and I don’t understand why he is not playing under Stuart Baxter this season,” Khanye said.

As Times LIVE reported, Khune has given Baxter a lot to consider ahead of the resumption of the season as Kaizer Chiefs play in the Nedbank Cup and the DStv Premiership.

Kaizer gets their cup run underway this weekend when they take on TS Galaxy, a team that’s previously knocked them out of the Nedbank Cup.

While Khune proved that he has what it takes to be the Amakhosi’s number one keeper, he faces stiff competition from Brandon Peterson, Bruce Bvuma and Daniel Akpeyi.

The trio all performed well in goals for the Amakhosi when needed have kept Khune out of action.

Khanye added that Khune still had a lot left to give and he would love to see him in the squad for the Nedbank Cup encounter if Chiefs were serious about winning the cup.

Khune himself said that he could play for at least another 10 years and he only plans to retire when Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon did.

Itumuleng Khune talks about his Kaizer Chiefs future, only plans to retire when Italy's Gianluigi Buffon does

Itumuleng Khune has no plans of retiring just yet, despite not playing as many games as he and fans would like. Itu recently spoke about his future and game time and added that he still had another 10 years in him, Sports Brief reported.

Khune added that he would only retire once Italy's Gianluigi Buffon did. Khune hasn't featured for the Amakhosi since August 2021 and fans are clamouring for him to return to the Kaizer Chiefs first-team squad.

Khune's skill was on show at the DStv Compact Cup when he helped the Warriors beat Amabutho to book a place in the final. Khune's performance got fans talking about how good the keeper still is.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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