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Chiefs Rule Out Khune After Family Tragedy

Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has confirmed goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune will miss Saturday’s crucial CAF Champions League group stage clash against Petro de Luanda of Angola at FNB Stadium.  

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Khune’s sister, Mapula, was reported to have died in a fire near his home town of Ventersdorp, North West on Thursday, her body being burnt beyond recognition.  

Police are still investigating the cause of the fire and await a post-mortem as well as a forensic examination.

“Yes it does (affect his selection). It’s a very sad time for Itu and his family, so he is obviously away,” Hunt told journalists during a press conference on Friday.

“He won’t play tomorrow and hopefully things will get sorted out given the difficulty around what’s happened. So he won’t be playing.”

Chiefs, through club spokesperson Vina Maphosa, also issued a brief statement of condolences and support for Khune, the longest serving member of the Amakhosi squad, as he overcomes this gruesome family tragedy.

Maphosa said: “From Kaizer Chiefs Football Club, we send our condolences to Itumeleng Khune and his family. We, as the club, have mechanisms to work with our players when they are faced with challenges. We’ve instituted all that to support the player and we are with the family during this trying time.”  

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