Author: Katleho Hlalele
November 05, 2022
Kaizer Chiefs will be without Itumeleng Khune and Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana due to injuries. The duo was in the latest Chiefs starting line-up for the one-day tournament [Carling Black Label Cup], which is set to take place at the FNB Stadium next Saturday.
Khune last featured for Kaizer Chiefs last month when his team beat Stellenbosch 3 – 1 at Cape Town stadium. The experienced goalkeeper was expected to come back when Amakhosi hosted TS Galaxy at FNB stadium, but he was withdrawn from the starting lineup after picking up an injury during warm-up.
Meanwhile, Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyamana was substituted during Chiefs goalless draw against AmaZulu on MTN8 semi-finals. The Burundi international has netted six goals for Amakhosi since his arrival at the club he picked up a groin strain injury.
In a statement issued by Amakhosi on this week, the club said fans who selected the duo to start the match will be “refunded” their votes by the organisers and will be allowed to re-cast their votes for players available for team selection.
“Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper and captain, Itumeleng Khune, as well as striker, Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana, have been ruled out of this year’s Carling Black Label Cup, scheduled to take place on 12 November 2022, at FNB Stadium,” read the club statement.
“The two players have been withdrawn from the voting list following advice from the Chiefs medical team. Khune is being treated for a knee tendon injury, and Caleb for a groin strain.
“Khune and Bimenyimana also missed last Saturday’s Soweto Derby, which saw Chiefs beat Orlando Pirates 1-0 in the DStv Premiership at FNB Stadium.
“Khune led the Carling Black Label Cup voting list across all participating teams by a substantial margin, with almost 170 000 votes – followed by Keagan Dolly on 65 000 votes.
“Supporters who selected the duo to start the match will be “refunded” their votes by the organisers and will be allowed to re-cast their votes for players available for team selection.”
Chiefs will face rivals Orlando Pirates in the second game of the Carling Black Label Cup at midday. The first game will see AmaZulu and Mamelodi Sundowns kick off the competition. Kick-off for this game will be 9.30am. The third-place play-offs starts 3:30pm with the final commencing at 5pm.
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