Khune: We are getting better

2011-06-06 14:24

Johannesburg - Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has returned from Egypt with Bafana Bafana on Monday smiling from ear to ear.

Khune, who pulled off numerous saves to deny the Egyptians during their 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifying draw on Sunday, says South Africa must be proud of the national team, who moved to eight points on top of Group G and are on the verge of qualifying for next year's tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

"We are getting better and better as a team," Khune told

"I feel great because of this team and the fact that we didn't concede a goal yet again.

"We haven't conceded a goal in four matches of the qualifiers, that's a good record for us and that speaks volumes in my opinion.

"I will love to give credit to the whole team, because this is team effort. I really feel great and I think this is a very, very good result for us away from home.

"We showed character to fight until the end and for me it was easy to settle in that hostile environment because I have played in derby games and cup finals.

"I communicated very well with my back four and just looking at the whole team I think this is a team the nation has to be proud of.

"We are definitely getting better as a team and I just hope in the next games we are going to continue fighting for each other like the way we did against Egypt."

Khune's team-mate at club and international level, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, echoed his views.

"I think the one thing that has been working for us is that we play as a team," Letsholonyane added.

"Our strikers track back to help out if you notice, that's teamwork."


  • Neo - 2011-06-06 14:32

    Yes you are ... but your finishing still well below par.

      papaown - 2011-06-06 16:23

      u moron, and how about Egypt's finishing? they're current Afcon champions and only a few months ago were ranked 10th in the World by Fifia

  • REVO - 2011-06-06 14:59

    My goodness, how long have you been playing the game? you may be improving but at a snails pace...let's pick it up...because at this rate my great grand children will still be hearing the same remarks. Actually it reminds me of the ANC.

      Cassels Madingwane - 2011-06-06 15:44

      I don't think you understand the magnitude of what has been achieved here! We've never had a solid team as this one for a long time and for us not to concede goals like this is a great leap. Yes we don't have the best finishing but that is a confidence thing which will come with winning matches! This is not rugby and we're certainly not Spain or Brazil. Nothing is as simple as you make it out to be in football. We have to get the team to feed off the positive energy and this will fuel their self believe. Ratings aside, we can actual approach any team in Africa as equals and that is a good start. Best cherry on top is that the core of the team is made up of local players. I would rather have our team improving beyond African standards and only then we can pose a significant challange for the world cup.

      Bhopopo - 2011-06-06 16:09

      I feel sorry for you Revo. U are displaying your ignorance in public... As for that ANC comment, get over it, u will sleep better @ night, the masses have just voted them back into power

      REVO - 2011-06-06 16:29

      SA Football has the best facilities, highest sponsorships and funding. Surely they should be performing a lot better than this? I'm just being honest, i mean the other African contries would kill for the type of facilities we have here.

      CITIZEN - 2011-06-06 18:51

      pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssssssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeee keep politics out of sport if you dont want to here about bafana bafana why giving your opinion we must stand behind our boys 100% goals will come be patient

  • SixMillionWayz - 2011-06-06 17:33

    This cat has the potential to go far,he put in a great perfomance.He needs to stop the shenanigans though,he got into trouble a couple of times last season in the PSL by making some seriously bad decisions,like handling outside his area and time wasting when not necessary.Was cautioned last night for the same thing.Otherwise,a great keeper and as a Khosi i wish him all the best.Europe beckons for Khune.Well done to Jingles and the boys,we have become good travellers.

  • Mxhuma - 2011-06-06 18:10

    Surely the fact that we are on top of group G makes me feel good. We could have even won the game had we been more composed in front of goals when the opportunities presented themselves. For me, what is even more sweet is that Jingles Pitso Mosimane is erasing all the heartache caused by Santana and the other hapless England chap, whose name I have even forgotten. Andile Jali's game is getting better. Revo has a point: with the kind of facilities and resources that we have, our level of play ought to have been better than it has been. Keep it Madoda-Madoda!

  • thatsawesome - 2011-06-07 14:51

    what do you morons know about comparing south africa to the other international soccer standards.. i think it is very good and we have came along way internally. The guys overseas have got alot more funding and academy's to drive this sport.

      Mabhulwana - 2011-06-07 18:41

      Are we running short of ' alot more funding and academy's to drive this sport'? Or is is a question of wrong priorities. If, by any chance, such academies do not exist in Mzansi - why don't we build them. Surely funding is not and cannot be a problem: misuse of funds might be. Oh! Lastly, refrain from calling other individuals morons. It is uncalled for!

  • greenpea - 2011-06-08 14:40

    @papaown I think Egypt's finishing is down to the great way in which we defended, and Khune is among the best goalie's in the world. This team can really accomplish alot if they keep up the good work. Go bafana bafana you guys rock in my book!

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