Absa Premiership

Where to now for Khune, Tefu?

2015-06-03 07:33
Itumeleng Khune (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Where will Itumeleng Khune and Tefu Mashamaite play their football next season?

Sport24 takes a look at their options.

The Glamour Boys have confirmed that along with Khune and Mashamaite, Mandla Masango, Katlego Mphela, Siyabonga Nkosi, Josta Dladla, and Phakamani Mngadi have been made aware that they would need to look elsewhere to ply their trade.

Mashamaite captained Chiefs for most of the 2014/15 campaign following Khune’s ankle injury in September last year and led the Sowetan side to the MTN8 Cup and 'record-breaking' Absa Premiership title.

Khune only returned to goalkeeping duties for Chiefs in January during a friendly match against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - and despite warming the bench since December, 'Spiderkid', had to fight for a starting XI with the likes of Brilliant Khuzwayo and Riyaad Pieterse.

KHUNE'S OPTIONS

Both, Khune and Mashamaite have been instrumental for the club and under outgoing coach, Stuart Baxter, have improved tremendously.

They now find themselves in a position to join any top team in the PSL or try to make the cut in Europe, if any offer comes through.

Sport24 reported that Muhsin Ertugral has been speaking about Khune in Germany and has close ties with Bundesliga outfit, Hanover 97. There was also talk about Khune being given a chance at Hoffenheim but that move appears unlikely at this stage. Chiefs have a close relationship with the Bundesliga club and things seem to have gone sour between Khune and the Chiefs hierarchy.

However, Khune’s agent is based in the United Kingdom and a deal with a British club be could bring the 27-year-old closer to his representatives.

Khune’s likely suitors in the PSL are Mamelodi Sundowns as the Chloorkop side is the only club who can offer a better deal than Chiefs. The shot-stopper has been linked with a move to Pretoria for the entire season and reports suggest Pitso Mosimane would love to have all his Bafana Bafana players at Sundowns that played under his regime as coach with the national side.

TEFU'S OPTIONS

Mashamaite is one of those players.

The defender is a strong candidate to replace Sundowns' outgoing captain, Alje Schut, in the heart of the Brazilians defence.

However, Sundowns are not the only Premiership club wanting the 30-year-old's services.

SuperSport United along with Bidvest Wits are also eager for 'Masha' to don their respective team colours in the new season.

The PSL Player, Players' Player and Defender of the Season is also receiving interest from an unnamed Belgium club.

Everything will be revealed sooner rather than later, but for now Mashamaite and Khune shift their focus to Bafana Bafana as Shakes Mashaba has included the pair in his squad to take on Gambia in their AFCON qualifier.

Khune and Mashamaite’s contract with Chiefs is set to expire at the end of June 2015 and will become free agents.

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