Itumeleng Khune: Kaizer Chiefs Goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma Opens Up About Veteran's Absence

Itumeleng Khune: Kaizer Chiefs Goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma Opens Up About Veteran's Absence

Robert Abong'o
February 29, 2024 at 6:53 PM
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  • Bruce Bvuma has nothing but deep respect for veteran Itumeleng Khune
  • Kaizer Chiefs suspended the 36-year-old shot-stopper in December 2023
  • Interim boss Cavin Johnson confirmed that the situation has not changed

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Bruce Bvuma, has finally broken his silence regarding the absence of his teammate and former captain, Itumeleng Khune, who the club has sidelined since December.

The suspension came after Khune allegedly arrived at training under the influence of alcohol.

Bvuma, who has stepped up in the veteran's absence, impressively featuring in six games and keeping five clean sheets, has earned himself a new contract at Naturena.

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Bruce Bvuma. Photo: @brucebvuma_44.
Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Bruce Bvuma says he misses Itumeleng Khune. Photo: @brucebvuma_44.
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He, however, expressed admiration for Khune, referring to the 36-year-old as a club legend and South African football.

“This is one person that we all idolised growing up, especially goalkeepers. I’ve learnt a lot from him. With everything that’s going on, this is someone that I’ve very close with. Do I miss him, of course I do," Bvuma remarked, as reported by iDiski Times.

Khune briefly returned to action, showcasing his skills and earning the Man of the Match title after leading the PSL All-Star team to victory in the Carling Black Label Cup. However, despite this, his suspension from Amakhosi remains unchanged.

The caretaker coach, Cavin Johnson, recently confirmed that the shot-stopper's situation has not evolved, and the club would make an official announcement when there are any updates.

Meanwhile, Khune has been seen training separately from the team, adhering to a program aimed at his personal growth and development.

Though the club has not disclosed the specifics of Khune's actions leading to his suspension, the severity of the incident is underscored by the decision to suspend him and strip him of his captaincy.

"The committee has taken stern action and decided that Itumeleng Khune should be temporarily separated from the team until certain conditions have been fulfilled," stated Chiefs on December 7, 2023.

Despite the setback, he remains dedicated to maintaining his fitness and readiness for when the club calls upon him.

Khune mulls Chiefs coaching Role

Sports Brief reported that Chiefs stalwart Khune contemplated a shift to coaching within the club’s youth setup as his contract winds down.

Sources indicate that while he won't be extending his playing tenure,

The veteran's contract with the club will expire at the end of the current season.

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