The South African Football fraternity continues to send condolences for the late Kaizer Chiefs defender Luke Fleurs. Fleurs was shot and killed in a hijacking incident in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening. The incident is said to have happened around 20:30.

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“We are profoundly shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic and untimely passing of one of our players, Luke Fleurs,” his country Chiefs announced on Thursday.

“The 24-year-old former youth international lost his life after being shot during a hijacking on Wednesday evening in Johannesburg, He was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to gunshot wounds.”

MORE CONDOLENCES FOR THE LATE KAIZER CHIEFS PLAYER LUKE FLEURS WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED

The South African Football Association have also sent their condolences to the Chiefs family.

SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan said football has been dealt a huge blow with the passing of Fleurs.

“We woke up to the heartbreaking and devastating news of the passing of this young life,” said Jordaan.

“This is such a huge loss for his family, friends, his teammates and football in general. We are all grieving this young man’s passing. May his dear soul Rest in Peace.

Condolences continue to pour in for Kaizer Chiefs player Luke Fleurs
Luke Fleurs

Meanwhile, the PSL has also announced that they will observe a moment of silence in honour of Fleurs.

“The Premier Soccer League (PSL) is shocked and saddened by the tragic passing of Kaizer Chiefs defender, Luke Fleurs,” the league said.

“In this moment of profound loss, the PSL extends deepest sympathies to Kaizer Chiefs Football Club. The Fleurs family, and the entire football community.

‘In tribute to Luke’s memory, a moment of silence will be observed at all DStv Premiership, Motsepe Foundation Championship, and DStv Diski Challenge fixtures this weekend.”

Former teammates, clubs, coaches and associations have sent their condolences following the passing of Siphiwe Mkhonza. Mkhonza, who was now a football analyst, passed away on Tuesday morning.

This follows a long battle with a kidney infection which also saw him spend time at the hospital.

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The former Golden Arrows and Kaizer Chiefs defender passed on in the early hours of this morning at home.

“Mkhonza affectionately known as “Dr Mnandi” is currently employed by SABC, and has also been suffering from a kidney infection for a long time,” the family announced.

“He was admitted at Charlotte Maxeke a month ago and was released after showing signs of recovery.

“Mkhonza has been taken care of by his Girlfriend and the mother of his three children Ms Nondumiso Masengemi at their home in Roodepoort,” read the statement.

“The family wishes to thank his former employer and his colleagues at SABC, fellow football legends from the stable he belonged to and friends for their support during his illness.”

Mkhonza is survived by his children, his father Joseph Mkhonza, his Mom Phindile Mkhonza and also his brother.

Condolences pour in for the late Siphiwe Mkhonza
Siphiwe Mkhonza working for SABC Sport

COLLEAGUE SEND CONDOLENCES TO THE LATE SIPHIWE MKHONZA

“The SABC Sport team extends its deepest condolences to the Mkhonza family and friends during this difficult time,” said the SABC.

“The South African Football Association sends its deepest condolences to the friends and family of Siphiwe Mkhonza.” – SAFA

“Kaizer Chiefs are deeply saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Siphiwe Mkhonza. Dr. Mnandi” served the Club with distinction. As one of us, the entire Kaizer Chiefs family mourns with his loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.” – Kaizer Chiefs.

“Lamontville Golden Arrows would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Siphiwe Mkhonza who passed away today.” – Golden Arrows.

“Everyone at SuperSport United is saddened to learn of the passing of Siphiwe “Dr Mnandi” Mkhonza. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the bereaved family and friends.” – SuperSport United.

It was a rather tight affair as Kaizer Chiefs claimed all three points after beating Polokwane City 1-0 at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium, Limpopo on Saturday afternoon. 

Both teams did not hold back as they battled out in the middle of the park. Kaizer Chiefs held most of the ball in the first 10 minutes of the first half however it was the home side who showed their intentions as they tested Bruce Bvuma from long ranges through Appollis and Mapfumo respectively. 

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The visitors continued to hold the ball 20 minutes into the game however they only managed to do that in their own half. Both teams tried to produce some magic half-hour mark however it wasn’t to be as other teams went to Half-time still goalless draw. 

Kaizer Chiefs resumed the second half on a brighter side and they found the back of the net through Pule Mmodi in the 51st minute of the second half after collecting the ball on the left side and driving the ball on the edge of Polokwane City’s defense before unleashing a powerful right footed shot which beat Manuel Sapunga at his near post.

 Kaizer Chiefs claim three points at the expense of Polokwane City
Edson Castillo in action against Polokwane City

THREE POINTS FOR VISITORS KAIZER CHIEFS AT PETER MOKABA STADIUM 

The homeside did not hold back as they nearly levelled matters in the 76th minute of the game through Appollis who drove his range just outside the box. 

Amakhosi held on and subsequently won the game thanks to Pule Mmodi’s second-half strike. This is Chiefs’ second win in a row and puts them in 5th position on the log standings with 20 points after 14 matches played.

The next coming Fixtures for Amakhosi are Richards Bay on the 23rd of December at home and away to Sekhukhune United on the 30th of December respectively. 

By Sebastian Meso 

Kaizer Chiefs have stripped the captain’s armband from long-serving goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune. This comes after allegations of attending training sessions under the influence of alcohol.

The Amakhosi DC committee has taken stern action and decided that Itumeleng Khune should be temporarily separated from the team until certain conditions have been fulfilled.

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Khune, who has been part of the Soweto Giants for more than two decades Khune will be expected to attend and actively participate in certain programmes designed to support his personal growth and development, with support from the Club. These programmes are specifically aimed at helping him address the challenges and issues he is facing while promoting a positive team culture.

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Itumeleng Khune at training

ITUMELENG KHUNE NO LONGER KAIZER CHIEFS CAPTAIN

Amakhosi has further decided to remove Bafana Bafana goalkeeper from his captaincy permanently. But it remains unknown whether Keagan Dolly who led the team during Khune’s absence will be the permanent captain of the club.

“The club has taken steps to address his transgressions and certain sanctions were instituted, including removing him from the Club captaincy of Kaizer Chiefs,” Kaizer Chiefs stated on their website.

Amakhosi will visit Polokwane City in the DStv Premiership on Saturday with the hope to get three points at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

By Katleho Hlalele

Kaizer Chiefs have announced that they have parted ways with head coach Molefi Ntseki on a mutual separation contract. The departure of Ntseki comes after the meeting that was held in Naturena on Monday morning to discuss how the two parties could resolve their problems.

The two parties opted to go different ways following Amakhosi’s run of disappointing results since Ntseki became a senior team head coach.

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Ntseki arrived at Chiefs in June 2021 as Head of Technical and Youth Development. He then took over the reins from coach Arthur Zwane in June this year.

The former Bafana Bafana coach was in charge of a total of 13 games for the PSL Giants. Ntseki managed to win at least four, drawn three, and lost six in his stint.

KAIZER CHIEFS PARTY WAYS WITH MOLEFI NTSEKI

On Monday afternoon, Amakhosi released a statement confirming the departure of Ntseki.

“Following a meeting on Monday morning, Molefi Ntseki’s tenure as Head Coach of Kaizer Chiefs has ended amicably by mutual consent,” read the club’s statement.

Chiefs’ sporting director Kaizer Motaung Jr has also thanked Ntseki’s contributions to the club.

“I would like to thank Coach Ntseki for his contribution to the Club since he arrived here, both at the development level and with the senior team. We wish him success in his future endeavours,” Motaung Jr said.

CAVIN JOHNSON TAKES OVER AS HEAD COACH

Following Ntseki’s sacking, Chiefs have appointed coach Cavin Johnson as an interim head coach, along with Dallon Sheppard as his assistant coach.

The former Al Ahly assistant coach has recently joined the club as the Head of Academy. Meanwhile, Arthur Zwane will return to his former role within the development structures of the club.

Kaizer Chiefs forward Ashley Du Preez is still disappointed from the MTN8 elimination against rivals Mamelodi Sundowns. Amakhosi lost 3-2 on aggregate, after the 2-1 win in the second leg on Saturday afternoon.

But the former Stellenbosch player is determined to improve his game going forward.

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When he was asked about improving in front of goals, Du Preez said: “I want to improve my game. I don’t want to repeat the chances I missed,” he told the club website.

“I have had a really good start to this season, but for a player like me who works so hard, when I get chances, I must be totally focused on improving my finishing. Sometimes, I feel I am trying so hard that when a chance comes I rush it, so I am working a lot on learning to be more composed.”

ASHLEY DU PREEZ LOOKING FORWARD TO SEKHUKHUNE MATCH

The Soweto giants will host Sekhukhune United in hopes of going back to winning ways after back-to-back defeats. Du Preez has indicated that they will not belittle the Limpopo side even though they need to get the three points.

“Sekhukhune are a tough team, they are physical and they can also play,” he stated.

“But from our side, coming off a setback, we can go into this game to get rid of our frustrations. We must go out there and get the three points.

“I will be determined to convert any chances that come my way. I think this is a game where we can show our will to win, our resilience, the hunger in the mentality of every player, and do the job.”

The two sides met on three occasions last season, with Kaizer Chiefs losing all the matches against Babina Noko.

By Katleho Hlalele

The Tickets for the MTN8 semi-final between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs at Lucas Moripe Stadium are officially sold out. The PSL announced on Friday. They also confirmed that the tickets for the semi-final between Orlando Pirates and Stellenbosch FC are selling fast.

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Gates will open at 11:00 and ticket holders are also requested to arrive early to ensure smooth entry to the match venue.

PSL ISSUE WARNING AS MTN8 SEMI-FINAL TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT

“The PSL is working closely with the South African Police Service and several other safety and security role players to ensure that the MTN8 semi-final fixtures are safe and secure. As part of the stringent security measures around the stadium, people engaging in illegal behaviour such as ticket peddling will face immediate arrest. There will be no tickets sold at the stadium,” the league said in a statement.

“Meanwhile, tickets for Sunday’s semifinal between Orlando Pirates and Stellenbosch FC at Orlando Stadium are selling at a rapid rate. spectators are urged to secure their tickets at Ticketpro Outlets promptly to avoid disappointment.”

KAIZER CHIEFS BATTLE IT OUT WITH MAMELODI SUNDOWNS FOR FINAL SPOT

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena is expecting Kaizer Chiefs to be a tough nut to crack. Sundowns also have an edge over Amakhosi after scoring away in the first leg at FNB Stadium.

 “It’s going to be a very difficult game because contrary to what the results suggest. We play against a very good side and a very improved Kaizer Chiefs team,” he said.

“I watched their Royal AM game and I watched their game against SuperSport last night. I saw a completely different side to the side that played against us at FNB. They are a good side and they’ve got some good players. They’ve improved, they create quite a lot more chances,” he added.

By Khotso Ramalatswa 

AmaZulu FC defender Siphephelo Majola is pleased with his team’s performance during the DStv Diski Challenge opening match last weekend. Usuthu played to a 1-1 draw in a KZN derby against neighbours Golden Arrows.

Usuthu came into the match with a new head coach following the appointment of Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

SIPHEPHELO MAJOLA ON THEIR GAME AGAINST ARROWS 

The young defender who was on the scoresheet says although it was not the result they desired, they are pleased with the performance.

 “It was a good game as you know it’s a KZN Derby,” Majola told LimSportsZone.

“We went there to enjoy football and play what we’ve been coached to do throughout the preseason and even on training is playing and enjoying as we did.

“Not the results we wanted but I’m happy and need double efforts on the next game,” he said.

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Siphephelo Majola

“I’m very happy to score, you know it’s every player’s dream to score a goal. For me, it’s also all about helping the team to get the results we want and move to the next one.”

NEXT DSTV DISKI CHALLENGE TASK FOR USUTHU

Usuthu will now face Amakhosi on Sunday, 17 September at Chatsworth Stadium in Durban.

Chiefs also come into the match after a 1-1 draw against rivals Orlando Pirates. Both clubs will be vying for a first win of the season.

“Expect a lot [against Kaizer Chiefs] as we learn each and every game, we will do better. With the technical team and players we have, a lot is gonna happen,” Majola concluded.

 By Banele Hlakanyana

Kaizer Chiefs longest serving player Itumeleng Khune says he is not ready to retire without winning one last trophy. The former Bafana Bafana number one is expected to hang up his gloves at the end of the season.

Khune has been handed a new contract which will see him play for one final season for Kaizer Chiefs, bringing to an end a career spanning two decades.

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The club captain hasn’t made any official appearance in the PSL this season but played in a friendly match against Young Africans.

He holds the record for featuring in the most number of successive seasons as a Kaizer Chiefs player in the PSL era since his first debut in 2007, and he is the most successful Kaizer Chiefs player in the current squad.  

“One more trophy was delivered to the chairman [Dr Kaizer Motaung] office. I think that will make me the happiest player in the whole world,” Khune told Gagasi FM.

Kaizer Chiefs longest serving player Itumeleng Khune says he is not ready to retire without winning one last trophy.
Itumeleng Khune

“For the past eight years, it’s been hurting that what we are used to, which is winning trophies, hasn’t happened.”

ONE WISH BEFORE KAIZER CHIEFS NUMBER ONE ITUMELENG KHUNE RETIRE 

After his contract extension in June 2023, Amakhosi indicated that Khune would be involved in training and preparations for matches. But he will also use this year to broaden his technical acumen, as he transitions into a new coaching and ambassadorial role working with the marketing division of the club. 

The last time Kaizer Chiefs lifted silverware was back in 2015 under Stuart Baxter. 

“But like I’m saying, I’m not ready to retire. If I had to win or lead the team to win that one silverware this season. I think I might call it quits and give the responsibility to Brandon [Petersen], Bruce Bvuma, and Bontle Molefe.”

Kaizer Chiefs will be back in action when they host Royal AM at FNB Stadium on Saturday at 17:30.

By Katleho Hlalele

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has admitted that Themba Zwane’s absence in their international friendly goalless draw against Namibia has affected his side.

Zwane, along with his club teammate Teboho Mokoena as well as Eredivisie side, Volendam midfielder Luke Le Roux were withdrawn from the 23-man squad due to injuries last week.

Mshishi, as Zwane is known in the football circle, picked up an injury during Sundowns’ MTN8 semi-finals first leg against Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium last week.

And with another Bafana fixture to be played in the next two days, it’s obvious that Broos will be without the midfield maestro as he is expected to spend at least a month nursing his injury.

Hugo Broos feels the absence of Themba Zwane in Bafana Bafana squad
Bafana Bafana starting XI against Namibia

HUGO BROOS ADMITS THEMBA ZWANE WAS MISSED

Zwane’s absence was clearly felt during the 0-0 home draw against the Brave Warriors, that’s according to the Belgian tactician.

Speaking after the match, Broos insisted that Bafana should have been able to break down the Warriors without Zwane. But conceded his side missed the Sundowns star.

“I think that was a little bit of a problem in the first half. So the number 18 of Namibia was always free, we didn’t have a real number nine like Themba Zwane. We miss that kind of player,” Broos told Journalists.

HUGO BROOS’ BAFANA BAFANA HELD TO A DRAW

“But okay, Themba was not there, we made a choice and the second half was better. We were closer to them, we were higher as well. And the space for Namibia was not so big anymore like in the first half.

The next Bafana Bafana assessment will be against DR Congo on Tuesday, 12 at the Orlando Stadium. The match is scheduled for 17h00.

By Clifton Mabasa