Itumeleng Khune will become the latest star to have unsuccessfully attempted to break Doctor Khumalo’s long standing record of most starts for the club if he is to leave Kaizer Chiefs at the end of the season.
Khumalo went up to 397 starts through the three spells that he had as a player at Chiefs between 1987 and 2002.
The darling of South African football, who also played in Argentina and USA, started his last game for AmaKhosi in the 2000/01 season when his games count from the first whistle went up to 19.
Though he continued playing in the next season he didn’t start a single game and went on to not feature again in the next two seasons despite being still registered as a player who doubled up as an assistant coach.
Khune – without doubt a legend at the club – has come up to 342 starts to date meaning he will need another 56 starts if he is to surpass Khumalo – who also played in another 37 matches as a substitute.
There have been suggestions that the 33-year-old will leave at the end of the season.
He has only ever played for Chiefs since making his first team debut in 2007 and could have long bettered the retired midfielder’s feat had it not been for the series of injuries that he has battled with in recent years.
Since the beginning of the 2018/19 season, Khune’s influence on the field has been diluted by that he has played less games than he has missed.
With what remains of the season, Khune will still be able to add on his starts and push towards reaching at least 350 starts if he is to eventually leave at the end of the season.
Khune is already guaranteed of leaving having started more games than Brian Baloyi (347 starts), Siphiwe Tshabalaka (342), Thabo Mooki (329 starts), Tinashe Nengomasha (311) with Bernard Parker and Willard Katsande both closing in on 300 starts.