Khune addresses long-term future


After penning a two-year contract extension with Kaizer Chiefs, club-captain Itumeleng Khune has addressed questions surrounding his long-term future at Naturena.

Khune, 34, is set to take part in a club-record-equalling 18th season with Kaizer Chiefs during the upcoming 2021/22 campaign after the veteran goalkeeper penned a two-year contract extension with the Soweto giants earlier this week.

His season is set to get underway on Sunday when Chiefs face-off against rivals Orlando Pirates in the Carling Black Label Cup, where he will once again have the honour of captaining the Amakhosi at the annual pre-season spectacle.

Speaking during the pre-match conference ahead of the encounter, Khune, who will be 36 when his new deal expires, revealed that he was thrilled to extend his stay at Naturena and that his fate thereafter ultimately lay in the club's hands and in his own performances on the pitch.

"I think the club will decide on that," he said, when asked if his new contract would be his last at Chiefs. "But I’m really grateful for another opportunity that I’ve been given by the club.

"We have a great goalkeeping department and a great goalkeeping coach, and he has made it clear to us that we are all No. 1s and that we have to fight for the No. 1 spot.

"We’ve always had a healthy competition and no one is guaranteed a starting berth, so we are all going to earn our place in the team, we are all going to support one another if we are not playing, because we are not only doing it for our own benefit but for the club’s benefit.

"So, we are going to help the club achieve the goals that we have set for ourselves. I’m very grateful for the new contract but I don’t know whether it will be my last, it will depend on what I still have to give on the pitch."

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