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Khune: Hard work paying off

2014-07-21 08:47
Itumeleng Khune (Backpage)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs started their pre-season campaign off to a good start with a 4-2 victory over newly promoted side Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Kosta Papic’s chargers caused problems in the first half for Amakhosi as the Chilli Boys opened the scoring within the first ten minutes through Andile Mbenyane but only for Chiefs’ Kingston Nkatha to equalise minutes later.

Siphiwe Tshabalala then gave Amakhosi the lead from the penalty spot, after Nkatha was brought down in United’s box.

Itumeleng Khune then got beaten by Siyabonga Zulu to level the scoring before the end of the first half.

In the second half after multiple substitutions from both sides, which kept the game open, Tefu Mashamaite put the Glamour Boys in front with a header.

Former Ajax Cape Town midfielder, George Maluleka then gave the fans something to scream about with a sublime strike in the dying seconds of the game to hand Chiefs victory.

Khune praised United’s first half performance and said that the newly Port Elizabeth based club surprised the PSL runners up.

“We must give credit to Chippa, if they can keep on playing the way they did in the first half, they’ll do well in the Premiership,” Khune said.

“They took us by surprise, they were enthusiastic in the first half and it drove them, they came at us, they created two good chances, and they converted them,”

Khune is convinced that the comeback is from his teams’ hard work in pre-season training and it is paying off dividends for them so far.

“We did very well as a team, we've been working hard during pre-season, so with the core to win, it shows we are on the right track to win,” reported Soccer Laduma.

The win couldn’t come at a better time as Chiefs battle it out for the Carling Black Label Cup on Saturday (July 26) against rivals, Orlando Pirates at a sold out FNB Stadium.

Kick-off is at 3:30pm.

Who has the best chance of winning the Carling Black Label Cup this weekend?

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