Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed that goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and striker Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana are ruled out of the upcoming Carling Black Label Cup.
Fans can still vote for their favourite line-ups for the four-team tournament, with Khune and Bimenyimana both in the latest Chiefs XI.
However, the Amakhosi have now confirmed that both players will not be available for selection anymore and supporters who voted for them will be “refunded”.
“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,” the club said via a 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“The two players have been withdrawn from the voting list following advice from the Chiefs medical team.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 take on Orlando Pirates in the second semi-final after Mamelodi Sundowns face AmaZulu, with the winners of both clashes progressing to the final on the same day.