Cape Town – Itumeleng Khune will not renew his contract with Kaizer Chiefs and has parted ways with the Sowetan club.
Amakhosi will find themselves without their biggest contributors next season as Kaizer Motaung announced a mass exodus of players from the club.
Along with Khune, Mandla Masango, Tefu Mashamaite and Katlego Mphela will leave Naturena and seek a new club to play for.
Motaung has confirmed that contract negotiations with Khune and his representatives hit several snags over the past few months.
“As far as Itu is concerned, his case became more disrespectful to the club,” said Motaung at the clubs press conference.
“He sent us a note to say he will discuss [his contract] on 18 June.
“We cannot be held to ransom by anyone. The game and the club is bigger than anyone. We have decided to move on.”
The 70-year-old went further on to state that “Spiderkid” has been with the Glamour Boys for so long; he is confused with how money has become an issue.
“We look after our players,” said Motaung.
“If a player has stayed at the club for so long, how can it now be a money issue.
“Itu came to us at the age of 13, we developed him to where he is today. But life goes on.”
Khune’s contract with Chiefs will expire at the end of June and will be free to join any club in the PSL or abroad.
It has been reported that Mamelodi Sundowns will be his likely suitors as no other team in the Premiership can afford his salary.
Cape Town – Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung has confirmed that several players will leave the PSL champions.
Motaung was speaking at a club press conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday where it was also announced that coach Stuart Baxter would not stay on as coach.
Motaung also addressed the issues involving several key players which ultimately meant saw the departure of long-serving goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, captain Tefu Mashaimate and rising star Mandla Masango.
All three players were unable to reach an understanding over new deals at the club but Motaung seem to indicate that high wage demands from the star trio were to blame for their exits.
“We cannot be held ransom by anyone, it does not take one or two players to make a team” said Motaung.
Motaung said the club made an offer to extend Tefu Mashamaite’s deal at the club but ultimately talks broke down between the parties and the club decided to terminate the talks and allow Mashamaite to depart the Naturena.
Another key player for Chiefs this season, Mandla Masango has also failed to agree new terms with the league champions and will add his name to the list of high-profile exits from the club.
“Mandla was made an offer and we made a counter offer and then he came back with another counter offer,” Motaung announced at the press conference today.
The Glamour Boys twitter account said that: “Mandla Masango has asked to be released from the Club. We would like to thank him and wish him all the best”.
Motaung had some sharp words for Itumeleng Khune, the one of the club’s most decorated footballers.
“We look after our players well, I can be proved wrong but Itu last season was the highest paid player” said Motaung.
Khune’s disagreement was then eloborated on by Motaung, who said “as for Itu, his case became disrespectful to the club. He said he will talk to us when he comes back.”
“The Club & Itumeleng Khune have agreed to part ways. We would like to thank him and wish him all the best” tweeted Kaizer Chiefs.