Kaizer Chiefs, one of South Africa’s most prominent football clubs, has made the decision to suspend goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and revoke his club captaincy.
The move comes after internal investigations into alleged disciplinary transgressions, casting a shadow over Khune’s illustrious career with the team, especially as he enters the final seven months of his contract.
Media reports emerged two weeks ago, suggesting that the 36-year-old arrived at Chiefs’ training base in Soweto under the influence of alcohol. While the club has not officially confirmed the details of Khune’s actions, the decision to suspend him and strip him of his captaincy strongly suggests that there is truth to the reported incident.
According to a statement released by Chiefs, Khune will now undergo a program aimed at supporting his personal growth and development.
The club stated, “At the conclusion of the club’s rigorous disciplinary processes last week, the committee has taken stern action and decided that Itumeleng Khune should be temporarily separated from the team until certain conditions have been fulfilled.”
As a club that prides itself on professionalism and discipline, Kaizer Chiefs initiated an internal investigation to address the incidents involving Khune.
During his absence, Khune will be expected to actively participate in specific programs designed to support his personal growth, with full support from the club. These programs will help him address any challenges or issues he is facing while promoting a positive team culture.
It is important to note that the club has taken steps to address Khune’s transgressions, including removing him from the club captaincy.
Kaizer Chiefs firmly believes in applying corrective measures to facilitate personal growth and is committed to providing the necessary support to Khune during this period.
Once he has completed the required programs and met the expectations set forth, he will be welcomed back into the team.
As Kaizer Chiefs prepares to resume their campaign, they will face Polokwane City at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday. The team is determined to secure points and improve their position in the DStv Premiership standings, where they currently sit in ninth place with 17 points after 13 matches.