Kaizer Chiefs Head Coach Cavin Johnson Speaks on Itumeleng Khune’s Suspension

Kaizer Chiefs Head Coach Cavin Johnson Speaks on Itumeleng Khune’s Suspension

Babajide Orevba
updated at December 10, 2023 at 8:04 AM
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  • Itumeleng Khune was suspended and his Kaizer Chiefs captaincy has been revoked
  • The goalkeeper was alleged to have arrived in training drunk
  • Coach of the side Cavin Johnson has praised the team's mentality following their win over Polokwane City

The head coach of Kaizer Chiefs, Cavin Johnson, has hailed the leadership of the club on how they are managing the suspension of team captain Itumeleng Khune.

Fans were alerted to the news that the goalkeeper had been suspended and his captaincy revoked following disciplinary action after he was alleged to have arrived at training drunk.

The situation did not affect the mentality of the squad as they defeated Polokwane City 1-0 in Polokwane to move up to fifth position on the league standings.

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Kaizer Chiefs defeated Polokwane City despite Itumeleng Khune's absense. Eric Verhoeven
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It was another emphatic performance by AmaKhosi as they continue their resurgence.

Johnson was particularly delighted by how the entire club dealt with the Khune situation but added that no human is perfect, iDiski Times reports.

After their visit over Polokwane City, the tactician replied when asked about Khune:

“I think that is something that has to be big, big credited to the management of this team, and that doesn’t mean Cavin Johnson, it means Jessica, it means Kaizer, it means Khemiso, it means Gerald, it means Bobby, it means Vina, all of us put together, how the club inside the village is able to control that type of news because we all know Itu is a big part of this team.
“In the end, we were able to calm the players to make sure that they realise what is happening."

Khune tenders apology

Sports Brief earlier reported that an unfortunate mark has been left on a stellar career. In late November, Itumeleng Khune was said to have arrived for training under the influence of alcohol.

The celebrity goalkeeper has since been banished from Naturena and the outcome of a disciplinary process will extend his time away from the team.

The outcome is that Khune must now undergo personal development and growth programmes and when the club is satisfied that he is sufficiently rehabilitated, he may return to the setup.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.