Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune insists persistent
speculation on the coaching front has not affected the morale of the
Rumours have spread like wild fire that current coach Vladimir
Vermezovic, who is in the last season of his contract in Soweto, is
likely to make way for Free State Stars tactician Steve Komphela at the
end of the campaign.
However, Bafana Bafana and Amakhosi goalkeeper Khune claims the
players have never discussed the situation of a new coach, and that it
is business as usual in Naturena.
Khune told Football365.co.za: "The bottom line is the
players haven't heard anything from the management and obviously papers
are papers. They will write anything they hear.
"As far as I know the players are not talking about (a new coach)
and all we have been doing all along is to focus on what we have to do
in the field of play.
"So we will hear from management when the time is right, whether
we would continue with (Vermezovic) or we would get a new coach. We are
not affected in any way."
In the same breathe Khune added the team will be ready to work
with "anyone" should the Bucs backroom staff decide to replace the
He said: "I think VV has done wonders for the team but whether he
deserves to be given a chance to continue is entirely up to management,
but if they decide not to give him another chance then the players will
respect their decision.
"As players we can work with anyone who comes or we would just be
as happy to continue with VV. It is really up to the management of the
Meanwhile, Chiefs have two major games coming up against Ajax
Cape Town next week Wednesday before facing arch rivals Orlando Pirates
three days later, and Khune said Amakhosi will be after maximum points
in both matches.
"I know people are not talking about the Ajax match, because the
derby is around the corner, but we will be ready to collect maximum
points in both matches," Khune concluded.