Khune handed a lifeline, signs his last contract with Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs’ longest serving player and team captain Itumeleng Khune has been handed a new contract, which will see him play for Amakhosi for one final season.

Khune, 36, was announced as the latest player to remain at the club after S’fiso Hlanti also signed a one-year deal with an option to extend on Friday.

The veteran goalkeeper is set to reach a milestone of 20 seasons at the club, which will be a new record for a Chiefs player in the history of the club.

“It is remarkable that Itu, at the age of 36, has been with Chiefs for over 20 years,” said club sporting director, Kaizer Motaung Jr.

“It speaks to his love for the game, dedication, hard work, and commitment because very few achieve this feat.

“We hope that he gives it his all in this final season and shares his valuable experience with the younger players in the team,”

Khune spent five years in the Chiefs development structures before being promoted to the senior team in 2004/05 season, making his debut in August 2007 against Jomo Cosmos, at the age of 20.

The club also confirmed that the Ventersdorp-born shot stopper will be involved in training and preparations for matches as a player, while also using his time to broaden his technical acumen – as he transitions into a new coaching and ambassadorial role working with marketing division at the Club.

Khune will once again work under the returning goalkeeper coach Rainer Dinkelacker, who will serve as the strategic adviser in the goalkeeping department at the club.

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