Itumeleng Khune Experiences Worst Season as a Professional Footballer, Has Played Just Once for Kaizer Chiefs

Itumeleng Khune Experiences Worst Season as a Professional Footballer, Has Played Just Once for Kaizer Chiefs

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:01 PM
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  • Itumeleng Khune has only played one game for Kaizer Chiefs this season in the MTN8 tournament
  • Itumeleng Khune expected to get more game time after Stuart Baxter was fired but is yet to feature for the Amakhosi
  • Arthur Zwane praised Itumeleng Khune's work ethic but confirmed that competition was high at the club for places

Once the golden boy of South African football, Itumeleng Khune is now resigned to warming the bench at Kaizer Chiefs.

Itu is experiencing his worst season as a professional footballer, making only one appearance for the Amakhosi this season.

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Itumeleng Khune's career has reached a new low as he is currently experiencing his worst season ever. Image: @iDiskiTimes
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Khune’s only appearance for Chiefs came in the MTN8 competition in August 2021 against Mamelodi Sundowns. He has yet to feature for the team in the DStv Premiership and there are only three games of the season remaining. As reported by KickOff, even if Itu plays the three remaining games, he will still experience the worst season ever since making his debut 15 years ago. The current record for the least amount of games he has played in a season came in the 2019/20 season when he only made six appearances for the side.

He did suffer a few injuries that season though. Many expected that he would be given a chance after Stuart Baxter was axed but he is still yet to be called upon.

Interim coach Arthur Zwane recently addressed the issue and said that Khune must wait his turn, Times LIVE reported.

Zwane added that Khune was a professional and was pushing himself hard in training, but added that there was competition for places in the squad and that the other keepers were performing well.

Former Kaizer Chiefs player, Zebulon “Sputla“ Nhlapo, also shared his thoughts on the matter and believes that Khune should become Zwane’s assistant, IOL reported. Nhlapo believes that Zwane should be given the job permanently and believes that Khune would make the perfect assistant for him.

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 his fans would like. Itu recently spoke about his future and game time and added that he still had another 10 years in him and would retire once Italy's Gianluigi Buffon did, Soccer Laduma reported.

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, the Kaizer Chiefs website reported. Fans are still talking about Khune on social media as well as the final of the DStv Compact Cup approaches. Khune's Warriors will take on Coastal United, Sports Brief reported at the time.

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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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