Kaizer Chiefs have suspended veteran goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune. They have also removed his captaincy.
Amakhosi released a statement this afternoon, giving an update on the former Bafana Bafana international after reports emerged in previous weeks that Khune had been suspended for breaking club protocol.
He had allegedly arrived under the influence of alcohol to training.
“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,” the statement read.
“As a club that upholds the highest levels of professionalism, in which discipline forms a key component, Kaizer Chiefs initiated an internal investigation after certain incidents involving Khune came to our attention. The investigation was essential in ensuring the proper functioning and unity within our team.”
During his absence, Khune will be expected to attend and actively participate in certain programmes designed to support his personal growth and development, with support from the Club.
According to the club, the programmes are aimed at helping him address the challenges he is currently facing, while promoting a positive team culture.
“As Kaizer Chiefs, we believe in applying corrective measures to achieve personal growth, and we are committed to providing the necessary support to Itumeleng during this period. Once he has completed the required programmes and met the set expectations, he will be welcomed back into the team.
“The team remains focused on the upcoming fixtures and the continued pursuit of excellence. We have full confidence in our players and coaching staff to maintain our high standards and achieve success in Khune’s absence,” the club adds.
“Kaizer Chiefs would like to assure everyone, including our supporters that we remain committed to our core values of discipline, integrity, respect, and unity. We appreciate the unwavering support of our loyal supporters and encourage them to stand together with us as we navigate through this challenging phase.” Article by Ntsako Mkhari
Written by: Lindiwe Mabena