As we all know, Kaizer Chiefs FC longest serving goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune is currently suspended after arriving to Amakhosi training grounds while under the influence of alcohol. However, the exact date on when Khune set to return has not been officially given.
In the aftermath of Itumeleng Khune’s indiscipline skirmish, his former teammate at Kaizer Chiefs has proposed a long-term solution to the club to curb misconduct.
Itumeleng Khune is currently suspended, and his Amakhosi captaincy was revoked after alleged disciplinary transgressions.
While the club has remained tight-lipped about the specifics, FARPost last month that Khune reported to the Naturena training base under the influence of alcohol. This alleged incident triggered internal investigations, ultimately leading to his suspension.
The suspension, though, has been met with mixed feelings in football circles. And it has seen the club denying him a chance to feature in the Carling All-Stars team.
He was among the players who received the most votes from fans for the Carling All-Stars team to face Stellenbosch FC. The game is scheduled to be played on 6 January.
Undoubtedly, AmaKhosi set an example that no one is above the team and that any breach of rules will face severe repercussions.
But Tinashe Nengomasha believes more could be done at players’ level to curb bad behaviour and confrontation with top management.
The former midfielder says the players must have a robust Player’s Committee that deals with such matters.
“I was fortunate to play in one of Kaizer Chiefs’ best teams; we had so much talent in the team. But indiscipline was always a problem,” Nengomasha told FARPost. “The difference now was that we would deal with some of the issues amongst ourselves as players.
“We had a players committee that would spearhead everything and also deal with every problem.”
Nengomasha added: “Back then, we had the likes of Scara [Emmanuel Ngobese] and Patrick Mabedi. Those guys would ensure that we are in line by all means.
“I don’t know if that is still the case. I don’t know if they still have a Players’ Committee nowadays.
“But we found it useful, especially when it came to young players and new players. It was the vehicle between players, coaches and the management.
“I think it’s that kind of set-up that must be adopted if it’s no longer there. It could be very useful to avoid such kind of embarrassment in the future.
“Everyone makes blunders, and sometimes these matters must be dealt with silently to avoid such humiliation because we are all human.”
At this point, Khune will have to fight hard to get into good books with the team’s management. He also has to prove he still has what it takes to help the Glamour Boys return back to their glory days.
In other news, Kaizer Chiefs FC interim coach Cavin Johnson has confirmed that he won’t be signing players in the upcoming transfer period.
“At the moment, I don’t want any player because I think that the time I’ve spent with them (players) is far too little.
“If I can change players over two months, in fact, if there is any coach who can change players over two months, I will eat my hat.
“So yes, at the moment, there are some patterns that look like they work, but they are not working all the time. We need to make sure that it is repetition after repetition in order to make them work so that they can be better players.
“And I said this before, you join Chiefs as a good player, and as the coach, I should make you a better player. I’m not a magician, but we are working on it slowly.
“I would not say that I found the best combinations within the team as yet. I think they can be better”