Kaizer Chiefs Hierarchy Undecided and Divided Over Itumeleng Khune’s Future at the Club

Kaizer Chiefs Hierarchy Undecided and Divided Over Itumeleng Khune’s Future at the Club

Byron Pillay
June 14, 2024 at 9:55 AM
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  • Itumeleng Khune broke into the Kaizer Chiefs' first team over 20 years ago and is contracted to the Soweto club
  • The Amakhosi have to decide whether to extend Khune's contract this season or move him to a managerial role
  • Mamelodi Sundowns legend Hlompho Kekana believes that Khune has nothing left to prove and should retire

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What does the future hold for Itumeleng Khune?

There has been no word on whether the Kaizer Chiefs legend will remain at the club after his contract officially ends.

Itumeleng Khune's contract with Kaizer Chiefs officially expires at the end of the current season.
Itumeleng Khune's future at Kaizer Chiefs is up in the air as the club's hierarchy are undecided about what to do with him. Image: Roberto Schmidt.
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As noted by Soccer Laduma, the club’s hierarchy is divided over the player’s future.

There is an ongoing debate within the club’s structures about whether he should be offered a new contract as a player or integrated into a more managerial position.

Khune, the club’s longest-serving player, broke into the first team in 2004 and has made 347 appearances in all competitions.

The Amakhosi legend signed a one-year contract extension last year, which will officially expire at the end of June 2024.

The club recently honoured him during their game against Polokwane City for his 25 years of service, but the 36-year-old denied that it was his official farewell.

What Khune could do

While the club are unsure what to do about Khune, the player himself is weighing up his options.

During his 25-year celebrations, he confirmed that he still had more in the tank and wanted to play at the highest level.

Not everyone thinks this is a good idea, as Hlompho Kekana recently weighed in on the situation.

As noted by GOAL, the Mamelodi Sundowns legend believes that Khune should retire.

"I wish he could understand and face the reality that he will never play forever. At this stage that he finds himself in, one would say leave the game before you start hating the game," Kekana said.

He added that Khune had nothing left to prove.

Chiefs coach calls for recognition for Khune

Sports Brief reported that Cavin Johnson called for the club to properly celebrate Khune’s career.

The Amakhosi’s interim coach stated that Khune deserves to be treated with respect and admiration.

The club recently held a special celebration for the player, but the event was poorly attended by fans.

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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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