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Khune planning for post-Chiefs career?


Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune appears to be planning for the next step in his career after taking part in a FIFA goalkeeper coach workshop through the South African Football Association.

Khune, who will celebrate his 35th birthday later this month, appears to be planning for his post-playing career after he was identified as one of 25 goalkeepers and goalkeeper coaches who are taking part in a collaborative effort between FIFA and SAFA in Johannesburg.

The legendary Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper made just one appearance for the Amakhosi this season, during the club's MTN 8 quarter-final defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns in August, after falling behind Daniel Akpeyi, Brandon Petersen and Bruce Bvuma in the pecking order.

Akpeyi has since departed from Naturena but speculation still surrounds Khune's future, particularly after a host of first-team players were released this month, including other senior figures such as Lebogang Manyama and Bernard Parker.

Khune's presence at the workshop at the SAFA Technical Centre suggests that he has his eye on the future, though, and it may well be that the former Bafana Bafana goal-minder takes up a coaching role within the ranks of the Amakhosi or the national team in future.

Alongside him, former Bafana Bafana teammates such as Rowen Fernandez, Moeneeb Josephs – who recently parted ways with AmaZulu – and Shuaib Walters also took part in the prestigious workshop which is being led by Alejandro Heredia.

"South Africa is blessed with a lot of rare talent which needs to be nurtured and guided in the correct direction," Heredia said on the SAFA website.

"The participants of this course are all South African legends who clearly have intentions of becoming goalkeeper coaches.

"We are so glad that SAFA has reached out to FIFA to empower these participants who clearly know the game, have played the game and now want to give back to the game."

The full list of goalkeepers at the FIFA / SAFA goalkeeper coach workshop:

Itumeleng Khune, Lucky Shiburi, Delisle Mbatha, Cameron Cox, Adolph Mabotja, Monde Hlatshwayo, Dominic Ramokgopa, Tshepo Makgata, David Ribeiro, Tyron Damonds, Thembalethu Moses, Rory Minaar, Aubrey Mothibe, Wendell Robinson, Moeneeb Josephs, Thabang Stemmer, Pernell McKop, Sean Louw, Rowen Fernandes, Shuaib Walters, Musa Langa, Sipho Zimba, Marcus Mashil and Greg Etafia.

Scroll through the gallery below to see all the players who have departed Chiefs