Kaizer Chiefs goalie Itumeleng Khune offers to retire from football over Orlando Pirates transfer


Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune may be benched, but he remains a loyal fan and player of Amakhosi.

In fact, Itu would rather retire from the game than join rivals Orlando Pirates. He made this clear after a fan tried his luck and asked him to join the Buccaneers, in response to Itu's #Khosi4Life post.

The 32-year-old shot-stopper doesn't see himself leaving Amakhosi for any club after responding to a tweet for him to consider joining the Sea Robbers. Itumeleng Khune has ruled out the possibility of leaving Kaizer Chiefs for another club in the near future.


This was after a fan asked him on Twitter if he would consider joining Orlando Pirates next season.

Khune's response was short and straight to the point, and his fans and Amakhosi supporters appreciated his loyalty to the Soweto giants.

Nigerian Daniel Akpeyi is the team's goalkeeper in Itu's absence, cementing himself as a keeper at the weekend when the team won 1-0 against Pirates during the Soweto Derby at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium.

Khune had nothing but love for Akpeyi, calling him “the best in the business”.

In 2015, the Ventersdorp-born star nearly left Chiefs after failing to agree to terms with the club over a new deal.

But he was welcomed with both hands after numerous attempts to get to sit down with management and renegotiate.

The now 32-year-old shot-stopper joined Amakhosi as a teenager in 1999 before being promoted to the first team five years later.

However, he only made his professional debut for the Naturena-based side in 2007 as a 20-year-old after being given a breakthrough by Muhsin Ertugral.

Khune has been at his best for 13 consecutive PSL seasons although he now finds himself playing second fiddle to Nigeria international Daniel Akpeyi.

While Khune remains the club's captain, Ernst Middendorp has repeatedly maintained Akpeyi was his preferred No.1 this season.

Social media users applauded Khune's loyalty seeing as though he had not been getting any playtime since Daniel Akpeyi proved himself worthy to wear the number one jersey.

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