Kaizer Chiefs FC made it clear weeks ago that this will be the last season for Itumeleng Khune to be part of the team as a player. Chiefs made it clear that he will be part of Chiefs workers and not a player next season.
However, Kaizer Chiefs FC longest serving goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, has revealed what he wishes or wants to happen before he calls it a retirement. Khune want Chiefs to win a trophy this season, so that he can retire peaceful.
Khune has made it clear months ago that he is not ready to retire. He wants to play untill he reaches 40 + years. Some fans believe Chiefs forced Khune in to retirement after spending 20 years with the club.
However, Kaizer Chiefs FC did not force Itumeleng Khune into retirement.
Kaizer Chiefs Did Not Force Itumeleng Khune into Retirement! The veteran will play his last season as a professional.
Itumeleng Khune signed a one-year contract extension with Kaizer Chiefs last week. after this, he will retire and go into coaching at the club.
The club announced that Itu would play one more season, before taking up a different role in the team. He will use the campaign to transition into his other role.
His agent has confirmed that the player was not forced into retirement, as this is a mutual decision.
“It was agreed by two parties, and he is now going to retire at Chiefs,” his agent told Sowetan.
“This is his last season at Chiefs and then he is going to do his goalkeeper coaching badges and the club was very clear in terms of the role. They did highlight the that he will play the club ambassador role and also do some goalkeeping courses in preparation for life after football.
“Both parties are happy we are very clear, and we are on the same page.
“He was not forced to retire, not at all. We sat down obviously with the team and its representative.
“We looked at the current circumstances. We looked at his future and it was the best decision to make.
“He needs to get his coaching badge. This is about the three-year project; he can’t become a senior coach overnight.
“We have to respect the current coaches that are there, and he will definitely learn from them.”
Despite his age, the goalkeeper will be hoping to earn minutes on the pitch this season. Kaizer Chiefs Did Not Force Itumeleng Khune into Retirement!