Itumeleng Khune Denies Retirement Talks Despite his Controversies

Kaizer Chiefs seasoned goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune, at 36, stands as one of the elder players in the PSL.

Despite facing calls for retirement due to limited playing time and recent disciplinary issues leading to his suspension from the Amakhosi team, Khune remains undeterred.

Itumeleng Khune still believes he has alt more to offer the football world.

Itumeleng Khune still believes he has alt more to offer the football world.

The veteran player, revered as Mzansi’s No. 1, is fueled by a desire for further success in the DStv Premiership.

Khune’s enduring passion for the game is evident in the continuous support he receives from football enthusiasts, demonstrated by his 11th consecutive year as the top vote-getter for the renowned Carling Cup competition.

Set to guard the net for the All-Star team against Carling Knockout champions Stellenbosch FC, Khune is resolute in pursuing additional accolades to embellish his illustrious career.

Addressing the media at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, Khune candidly discussed his recent challenges with Kaizer Chiefs and his determination to continue playing.

Despite being sidelined for disciplinary reasons after reporting to training under the influence, Khune described himself as “well.”

He emphasized his commitment to maintaining fitness and focus during this season of limited game time.

Expressing gratitude for the ongoing support, Khune remarked,

“I am happy that I have managed to carry that through over the years; that I will have that never-say-die spirit and nothing will discourage me.

“I am happy. I’ve been keeping fit, and I am happy that I am here.”

While acknowledging the advancing years, Khune draws inspiration from football legends like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, emphasizing their hunger for success despite numerous achievements.

Itumeleng Khune

Despite the skepticism surrounding his one-year contract with Kaizer Chiefs, Khune dismisses retirement considerations for now, stating:

“I will never stop believing it is still possible.”

Reflecting on the enduring careers of players like Gianluigi Buffon, who played at the top level until the age of 45, Itumeleng Khune shows the importance of behavior and determination in a footballer’s journey.

He asserts, “I am still hungry for more success, and I have to prove it on the field.”

What’s next for Itumeleng Khune

Despite the club’s decision to keep him on the sidelines, Itumeleng Khune remains the people’s choice as Mzansi’s No. 1, entrusted with defending the goal for the Carling All Stars against Stellenbosch FC on Saturday.

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