Khune urged to pursue Royal AM move


Legendary goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has been advised not to consider retiring despite the difficulties the challenges that he has faced this season at Kaizer Chiefs.

Khune has only played once this season – which was the MTN8 opener against Mamelodi Sundowns in August last year – and has only sat twice on the bench since then.

With only one game left this season, this might be his worst season in the 15 years that he has played in the PSL.

"Khune is at the right age for a keeper to play and I don’t think he is ready to be a goalkeeper coach," says retired keeper Aime Kitenge.

There have been suggestions that Khune should replace Lee Baxter as goalkeeper coach next season.

"Khune can still play for at least another two years. Gianluigi Buffon is still playing at 44 yet Khune is 34 but some people say he must retire.

"I know Khune very well and he is still the best goalkeeper and all he needs is just to play.

"All that Khune needs is a chance to play, and I would recommend that he moves to Royal AM or even AmaZulu. I know that he loves Kaizer Chiefs because that is the only team that he has ever played for, but I think Khune should just move to Royal AM.

"John Maduka will not have a problem with having someone as experienced as Khune plus he will grow the club’s brand the way they want. Brian Baloyi also moved from Chiefs to Mamelodi Sundowns so Khune can do the same thing and leave Chiefs.

"His leadership and experience are still needed in this game even if it’s not at Chiefs. He has all the qualities that cannot be thrown away. 

"He has been sitting without playing but I’m sure he still has the heart to play and so will have to make the compromise.

"With goalkeeper training, he can start the courses now and be preparing now. He is definitely going to become a great keeper trainer when he is done with playing but for now, he needs to play," says Kitenge.

With Khune relegated to the stands, Chiefs have used Brandon Petersen, Bruce Bvuma and Daniel Akpeyi this season.

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