Kaizer Chiefs has officially confirmed that Itumeleng Khune has been suspended and stripped of his captaincy following reports of his involvement in disciplinary transgressions. The club is conducting an internal investigation into the matter.
Recent media coverage revealed that Khune attended training under the influence of alcohol, prompting Kaizer Chiefs to take decisive action. The club, known for its commitment to professionalism and discipline, initiated a thorough investigation to ensure the team’s proper functioning and unity.
Committee Decision and Temporary Separation
In a statement released on Thursday, Kaizer Chiefs announced the outcome of its disciplinary processes, stating, “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.”
During Khune’s absence, the club has outlined specific programs aimed at supporting his personal growth and development. These programs are designed to address the challenges and issues he is facing while fostering a positive team culture.
Correction Measures and Support
The club expressed its commitment to applying corrective measures for personal growth and pledged to support Itumeleng during this period. Once Khune completes the required programs and meets the set expectations, he will be welcomed back into the team.
Kaizer Chiefs emphasized that despite this setback, the team remains focused on upcoming fixtures and the pursuit of excellence. The club has full confidence in its players and coaching staff to maintain high standards and achieve success during Khune’s absence.
Addressing Transgressions and Core Values
Sanctions were instituted, including the removal of Itumeleng Khune from the club captaincy. The club, underlining its core values of discipline, integrity, respect, and unity, aims to address the reported incidents thoroughly.
Sunday World reported additional allegations, including racism and favouritism towards coloured players at the club. Kaizer Chiefs, in response, reassures everyone, including supporters, of its unwavering commitment to core values and expresses gratitude for their loyal support.