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SAD: End Of Season For Thembinkosi Lorch

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ORLANDO Pirates winger Thembinkosi Lorch will spend the rest of the year in the casualty room nursing an injury.

Pirates’ interim coach Fadlu Davids broke the sad news on Saturday following their 1-0 win over Swallows FC in a DStv Premiership match played at Orlando Stadium. Lorch has been injury-prone as he also missed over 15 matches last season.

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Ironically, Lorch also missed the Pirates 2-1 defeat to Swallows FC in the MTN8 quarterfinal at the same venue in August due to a shoulder injury.

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Said Davids: “Lorch, we won’t see him for the rest of the year, he has a long-term injury.”

Meanwhile, Davids hailed captain Happy Jele who made history on Saturday by becoming the first player in the PSL era to play his 400th match since making his debut for Bucs in 2006. He says Jele has the ability to become a great coach in the future.

Added Davids: “Jele is consistent whenever he performs. One of his qualities is managing new players and keeping players together in the change room. He is a great leader and I believe he will be a top coach one day because when we change structure on how we do our pressing our voice on the pitch is Happy. I had a chat with him that next season he could easily reach 500 matches. He is a huge asset for the club on and off the pitch.”

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MaMkhize Buys Bloemfontein Celtic For R50 Million

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MaMkhize Buys Bloemfontein Celtic For R50 Million

Bloemfontein Celtic have reportedly sold their PSL status to Shauwn Mkhize for a fee believed to be in the region of R50 million. It now appears as though she has opted for another route to get into the Premiership – buying the status of another club that needs serious financial rescuing in Celtic.

According to FarPost, the deal for MaMkhize to own Celtic is as good as done following the approval by the PSL executive committee.

The publication reports that all that’s left is for the R50 million to exchange hands between MaMkhize and Celtic owner Max Tshabalala.

The news of MamKhize successfully purchasing Bloem Celtic doesn’t come as a shock at all after reports of her intentions to do so emerged on Friday.

MaMkhize has already sold Royal AM’s GladAfrica Championship status to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) with the club already relocating to Thohoyandou.

Bloem Celtic will also relocate to KwaZulu-Natal ahead of the start of the new DStv Premiership season next week.

The PSL is set to make an official announcement on the ongoing changes in due course.

 

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According to sources, the sale could be confirmed before the DStv Premiership season gets underway in a week’s time.

Attempts to reach Celtic chairman Max Tshabalala since Friday proved futile as his phone rang unanswered.

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Itumeleng Khune’s Contract At Kaizer Chiefs Not Renewed

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Veteran goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune finds himself in a dicey predicament before Kaizer Chiefs’ CAF Champions League semi-final first leg against Moroccan club Wydad AC on Saturday.

The star Bafana Bafana goalkeeper’s current deal with Chiefs expires at the end of June, with no clear indication yet of what will happen next season.

On Sunday, 20 June, ‘Spiderkid’, as he is affectionately known, will turn 34-years-old, a day after Amakhosi take on Wydad in the club’s first-ever CAF Champions League semi-final.

Amid the birthday celebrations, Khune will have to ponder aplenty about what his next move will be if he’s not offered a contract renewal by the club he’s been with his entire career.

However, Stuart Baxter’s return to the club, a man that brought much success to Naturena, gives Khune cause for optimism.

The Brit has yet to get stuck into the Chiefs changing room because of work permit delays but is expected to travel to Morocco with the team for this weekend’s crucial game.

Baxter and Khune achieved much success between 2012 and 2015, during the former’s first incarnation as Chiefs head coach.

Two Premiership titles were caked with a Nedbank Cup and MTN8 title before Baxter departed in 2015.

Sport24 contacted the Amakhosi media department for a comment, but they opted not to reveal contractual issues regarding any of the players at the moment.

“Unfortunately, you know very well, we have a policy that we have to adhere to,” said Amakhosi’s corporate communications manager Vina Maphosa.

“We don’t deal with player contracts that has a question and answer. We deal with it if and when we announce it.”

Khune has gone through many coaching shake-ups, player arrivals, including star exits since he was promoted to the first team in 2004.

Three years after he graduated, in the 2007 Telkom Knockout against Mamelodi Sundowns, Khune’s goalkeeping heroics catapulted him to becoming the first-choice keeper at Chiefs – a position he has seldom relinquished since.

Khune has learned the goalkeeping trade at one of the country’s best football clubs. As a result, he has the knowledge and experience to be a solid addition to any squad.

At Khune’s age, however, it could be the perfect opportunity for Chiefs to end their partnership with one of their longest-serving players.

When Baxter departed in 2015, several big-name players also left the Soweto giants.

The big Kingston Nkhatha shock exit remains the most bizarre piece of business that happened in that January transfer window.

When Steve Komphela came in as head coach after Baxter, star defender Tefu Mashamaite and Phakamani Mngadi decided to end their Naturena journeys, too.

A year later, pass master Reneilwe Letsholonyane also left Chiefs to join Baxter at SuperSport United.

However, Chiefs held onto the services of fan-favourite Khune as he inked a long-term contract at the club, making him the highest Amakhosi earner at the time.

That contract comes to an end this June.

Khune has also suffered severe injuries in the past two years and has not performed at his best between the posts, where he once was prolific.

In a role that he has not been familiar with since before 2007, Khune has been an understudy for Daniel Akpeyi and Bruce Bvuma in the past two seasons.

The 2020/21 campaign saw him claim more than 1 000 minutes in goal (18 appearances) as he fought for his place in the Chiefs starting XI and tried to regain his fitness.

This season alone, Khune was also in the spotlight after some glaring mistakes, further highlighting whether he can still be the club’s number one gloveman.

Maphosa added: “The other complicating matter for you; we’re not dealing with any transfer or player movement and things. We have not unlocked that process yet.

“After the CAF Champions League semi-finals, I am sure, then we’ll comment.”

The Glamour Boys’ clash against Wydad kicks off at 21:00 (SA time) on Saturday.

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Itumeleng Khune Becomes A Dad Again : Cute Baby PIcs

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Congratulations to Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana goalie Itumeleng Khune and his wife Siphelele – the couple has just welcomed their second born. “Best feeling Ever, GOD always has a better plan than we do. Proud DAD for the 2nd time” shared an excited Khune.

Back in April, it was reported that the couple had a bun in the oven and had already revealed the baby’s gender to close family members and friends. In May, Sphelele did confirm that they were expecting a new addition to their family. “As we wait for our new addition to the Family.”

 

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Another couple to welcome a newborn baby is Skeem Saam’s Pebetsi Matlaila and her husband. The actress has been teasing snaps of her baby girl through her Instagram stories. She, however, revealed that her pregnancy was not the smoothest as it almost claimed her life.

“I don’t know yet, how I survived, I’m told most women with pre-eclampsia don’t. I cannot wrap my head around it yet or comprehend what happened. I am told we were brought back from death and shocked Dr One day I will share the story. I don’t know why God chose us. For now, I appreciate health, and deeply grateful for life.” Shared the new mom on one of her stories.

Fans should be delighted to see Itumeleng Khune wear a smile on his face. 2021 has been a tough year for the skipper. He has lost his sister in a fire. She was found dead at her grandmother’s house in her room in Tshing, Extension 2, North West.

Vensterdorp Police spokeswoman, Colonel Adele Myburgh, said that an investigation into the incident was opened. “At 5 am on Thursday we received a call about a lot of smoke coming from a backroom in Tshing. The police broke down the door and found a 27-year-old burnt inside the room. Unfortunately, the lady died.”

In March, a source close to the family believes Khune’s sister was a victim of a home invasion as it was only her room that burnt down. “It is not the main house that was burnt down, but an outdoor room where Mapula was sleeping. The incident happened at their grandmother’s house in Venterdorp in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

“Everyone was there when the incident happened. They called the police around 4 am when they realised the room was on fire. When the police arrived, she was burned beyond recognition. The family is now waiting for the postmortem,” revealed the source.

 

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