Chiefs snub Junior Khanye for Toyota Cup clash against Celtic

Retired former Kaizer Chiefs star and now football analyst Junior Khanye says that he is not bitter that he has been left out of the Chiefs Legends squad that will face Bloemfontein Celtic.

Amakhosi and Siwelele will square off in the newly launched Toyota Cup in Bloemfontein on July 28.

The Legends’ match will serve as a curtain-raiser for the Chiefs’ pre-season friendly match against the Young Africans from Tanzania.

Both matches will be played at the Free State Stadium on the same day.

The Chiefs announced their squad to face Siwelele, and Khanye was a notable absentee from the line-up of legendary Chiefs stars.

Khanye’s former teammates — Jabu Mahlangu, Cyril Nzama, David Radebe, Collins Mbesuma and Stanton Fredericks — to mention a few — have been included in the line-up.

Khanye, who has turned into one of the most followed and listened-to football analysts, has been rather vocal and scathing in the way he criticises his former club.

He was criticised for unfairly using the Chiefs as a rung on the ladder to success in terms of analysing situations both on and off the pitch.

After his career was cut short by living life on the fast lane, Khanye was down and out for a while.

Chiefs gave me a platform to shine

“I am not bitter at all. The Chiefs are like my second home, and I have nothing against the club,” Khanye told Sunday World.

“They gave me a platform to play the game and to make a name for myself and I will always be thankful for that.

“They have their reasons for not picking me, but I am also busy with a number of projects that I am involved with.

“I am now focusing on my businesses. My TV show, Junior Khanye: Fixing the Game, is screening for the first time on Thursday on [DStv] channel 163. I am also busy with a podcast.”

Khanye continued: “Junior Khanye, Khohlwa, will be launched soon. I am also invited to play in the Celebrity Games in Tsakane [east of Johannesburg] alongside Big Zulu, Cassper Nyovest, Sjava, DJ Tira, and other big names from maskandi, gqom, and gospel music.

“So, I have a lot of initiatives, and I am focusing on them and my family.

“But if Chiefs approach me, I will gladly accept and play for the Legends’ team. Football is in my blood; I train all the time and I eat and live football. I will never say no to Chiefs.

“I was just doing my job and telling the truth as it is in my analysis. I just speak my mind, and I am not scared to say what I think or see. There’s nothing bad between me and the club.” 

Chiefs Legends squad:

Goalkeepers: Brian Baloyi, Tladi Mathibe

Defenders: Cyril Nzama, Bevin Fransman, Morgan Gould, Tsepo Masilela, Derrick Spencer, and Fabian McCarthy

Midfielders: Siphiwe Tshabalala, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Willard Katsande, Josta Dladla, Thuso Phala, Mandla Masango, Jabu Mahlangu, and Stanton Fredericks

Forwards: David Radebe, Colins Mbesuma, and Bernard Parker

Coach: Thabo Mooki

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  1. Junior Nyaope Boy Khanye is not a Chiefs legend but just a former player. He must accept that he is not anywhere near the Chiefs legends. He must focus on losing more teeth 😬bcs of Nyaope.

    • There’s a different between a legend and a soccer drop out. Junior Kanye is not a legend but a soccer drop out finish and klaar.

  2. Lol now chiefs is his home and family wanya lo he insulted us now he wants to be called for legends no he can go to Sundowns legends

  3. My personal advise J Khanye, focus on your businesses like you say and leave the legends alone. Where is Doctor Khumalo and Lukas Radebe on legends?.

  4. Junior Khanye is not a legend for Chiefs. He is a legend for alcohol, I am sorry. He hates Chiefs. He’s clumsy in his tongue. He is bitter to the core as this is not the first time he’s not called. He will never be called. He’s a disgrace to Chiefs.

  5. He’s not a legend and thinks he knows better than anyone. The boy is so damn bitter that he was not selected. He thinks the life and progress of Chiefs is centered around him. Wishful thinking. Who cares about his projects because he’s a project himself?

  6. Guys don’t deny… those players mentioned to participate in that game, they played from other teams like junior khanye, but u called them as legend, some of them used to drink alcohol too much. Now u hate Junior khanye bcs is telling the soccer lovers true.


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