Chiefs blasé over Khune’s move

2015-01-25 16:00

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Kaizer Chiefs insists that they are not under pressure to fast-track negotiations over goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, whose contract expires in June.

According to Amakhosi’s manager of football Bobby Motaung, the club is due to meet Khune’s agent from overseas, but this has not happened yet, despite Chiefs having hinted that the England-based agency’s representative was due to arrive in the past week.

Motaung did not give a date for the imminent meeting.

“There is no pressure, even if we were to negotiate in the next month or two,” Motaung told City Press yesterday.

Khune’s agency, Triple S Sports Entertainment, had promised to respond to City Press, but they had not done so at the time of going to print.

The 27-year-old has been included in Chiefs’ 30-man squad – alongside fellow goalminders Brilliant Khuzwayo and Reyaad Pieterse – that will campaign in this year’s CAF Champions League.

“He is part of the CAF squad because he is still contracted to the club. And we have another open window in June to register players for the competition [Champions League], should the need arise.”

Khune has made three appearances on the bench for Chiefs since he recovered from an ankle injury that kept him out of action for about three months.

His understudy, Khuzwayo, has kept goal for Amakhosi since September last year.

Due to an enforced break because of the Africa Cup of Nations, Amakhosi will set up a two-week training camp in Cape Town from Tuesday.

Meanwhile, AmaZulu and SuperSport United have been active during the ongoing January player transfer window.

Usuthu this week concluded the signing of erstwhile Black Aces defender Mbulelo “OJ” Mabizela and former SuperSport United defender Roscoe Pietersen, each on six-month deals.

AmaZulu have also beefed up their strike force with Bongi Ntuli on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns.

United have captured New Zealand striker Jeremy Brockie and former Chiefs marksman Kingston Nkhatha, who has joined Matsatsantsa a Pitori with immediate effect.

The club has also signed pre-contracts with Polokwane City midfielder Mothusi Gopane and Platinum Stars defender Luvolwethu Mpeta, who will officially join the club in July.

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