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Johnson Shares Light On Khune’s Appearance Against AmaZulu

  • May 12, 2024
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Johnson Shares Light On Khune’s Appearance Against AmaZulu

Kaizer Chiefs caretaker coach Cavin Johnson has spoken about Itumeleng Khune’s first appearance this year, emphasizing that Khune, like everyone else, needs to fight for his spot on the team.

Khune started on the bench during the Sunday night match against AmaZulu, where Chiefs managed a 1-1 draw after scoring an early goal. Johnson explained that Khunes being on the bench was the result of Brandon Petersen’s red card suspension in the midweek DStv Premiership match against TS Galaxy.

With Bruce Bvuma as the current first-choice goalkeeper and no remaining substitutes, Johnson brought back Khune – the only remaining player from the 2015 championship squad.

Khune faced suspension in early December for allegedly arriving at training under the influence of alcohol. The club offered him a corrective program to meet professional athlete expectations, which he successfully completed according to a March statement.

“In the dressing room, he has always been positive,” Johnson said at a press conference regarding Khune’s reintegration.

“It was always given us positives in the dressing and the fact that he has been here for two decades, he is even more important. He knows that he has to contribute, he is back on the bench now because Brandon got a red card, so it was touch and go for him whether he was going to make it.  

“If Gods of football gives him an opportunity to come on the bench in the last two games since Brandon is out, but he has to fight again to see who goes in the sub bench because Bruce is the number one.”

Khune’s last appearance for Chiefs was in the November Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium, which they lost.

Khune debuted for Chiefs in August 2007 against Jomo Cosmos at Kings Park Stadium. While given a one-year contract at the beginning of this year, the club announced he “will be involved in training and match preparations, but will also broaden his technical knowledge this year as he transitions into a new coaching and ambassadorial role working with the marketing division at the club’s end of season.”

The Ventersdorp-born goalkeeper holds the PSL era record for most consecutive seasons (17) as a Chiefs player since his 2007 debut. He has made a total of 429 appearances across 20 seasons.

Picture courtesy of Kaizer Chiefs

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