Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune plans to continue
playing for another nine years and hopes to reach the 600-game milestone with
the Soweto giants.
The 31-year-old Bafana Bafana stopper made his Chiefs debut
in August 2007 and completed his 300th appearance for Amakhosi in last
weekend's 2-1 Nedbank Cup win over Stellenbosch FC.
The record holder for Chiefs appearances is Doctor Khumalo
with 397 starts, followed by Brian Baloyi (347), Thabo Mooki (329), Siphiwe
Tshabalala (325) and Tinashe Nengomasha (311).
With no thoughts of winding down his career in the next few
years, Khune believes he's only reached the half-way point and could well
surpass Khumalo's mark.
"It's a great feeling to have reached the 300-mark. I'm
happy, but I'm not satisfied because I could have played more games for the
club if it wasn't for injuries," he was quoted saying by KickOff.
"It's not that I want to break records but I hope to
continue doing what I love. There's Doctor Khumalo on 397 and there's Brian
Baloyi, 'Tsiki-tsiki' [Thabo Mooki] and 'Shabba' [Siphiwe Tshabalala] ahead of
"So, those are great legends and I’m happy to be named
amongst them," he continued.
"I'm 31 this year and I want to play until I'm 40, so
jokingly I said, '300 matches to date, 700 to go.'
"They said, 'No ways, let's do maths. How many seasons
have you been with Chiefs?' I said '11', and they said, 'Okay, you've played
300. In nine years you won't play 700 games.'
"So, I admitted they were right. Maybe I can play 600,
but it will take a lot of discipline from me and I will need to look after my
body because it's my investment. If I continue working hard, I will reach that
Chiefs' next game is against AmaZulu, 18:00 at the FNB
Stadium on Saturday.