Khune given time off after family tragedy

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has confirmed that Itumeleng Khune will miss Chiefs’ Caf Champions League group stage encounter against Petro de Luanda of Angola on Saturday at FNB Stadium.

Khune’s sister, Mapula, was reported to have been killed in a house fire in Ventersdorp, North West on Thursday.

Multiple reports also indicate that the Ventersdorp police confirmed the incident, which was reported at 5am. Police are investigating the cause of the fire and await a post-mortem and a forensic examination.

“Neighbours allegedly saw smoke coming from the house in Tshing, which is just outside of Ventersdorp. They called emergency services, who found the body of a 27-year-old,“ Ventersdorp police spokesperson, Colonel Adele Myburgh told Independent News (IOL).

Hunt on Friday morning in a press conference said: “It’s a very sad time for Itu and his family, so he is obviously away.

“He won’t play tomorrow and hopefully things will get sorted out given the difficulty around what’s happened. So he won’t be playing,” added Hunt.

The club’s communications manager Vina Maphosa said Chiefs sends their condolences to Khune and his family.

“And we as the club have got mechanisms to work with players when they are faced with challenges‚ and we have instituted all that to support the player‚ and we are with the family during this trying time.”

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By FARPost Reporter 

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