Khune: We can't lose it

2012-07-26 14:08

Johannesburg - A victory over arch-rivals Orlando Pirates in the pre-season Carling Black Label Cup will set the tone for Kaizer Chiefs this season, according to captain Itumeleng Khune.

Chiefs seem to have lost ground in their rivalry against the Buccaneers in the last two seasons, as they seek to win the pre-season trophy for the first time at an already sold-out FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

"This is the second year of the competition, and we can't lose it for a second time," Khune said on Thursday.

"There is still a lot of work ahead but our supporters will judge us on how we will do (this season) against Pirates.

"After this, it's the MTN8 and the league, so a win on Saturday will get the supporters behind us."

Chiefs have picked up a single trophy in the last 24 months, while Pirates lifted six from a possible eight domestic titles that were on offer.

Amakhosi, however, showed their intentions ahead of the new campaign with an impressive win over Moroka Swallows on their way to lifting the Gauteng Cup last weekend.

They were sharp in attack, particularly on the break, with Lehlohonolo Majoro and Siphiwe Tshabalala playing crucial roles.

"The players are hungry for success, and we are pretty confident," Khune said.

"There is a lot of pride at stake now, with the stadium sold out, so we will go out and give a good showing."

The fans - and not the coaches - vote for the starting line-ups and substitutions of both teams in the pre-season gimmick tournament.

The starting teams were expected to be named on Thursday evening.

The roles of the coaches would not be limited, however, according to Chiefs mentor Stuart Baxter.

"There is still a lot of [player] information to be found in the game," Baxter said.

"It's difficult to plan strategy, but the format is the format.

"But still, there has never been anything friendly in a match between Chiefs and Pirates."

Chiefs will be without Tshabalala, who is injured for the clash.

There were earlier concerns on the availability of striker Kingston Nkhatha, who picked up a foot injury last week, but the burly Zimbabwean was part of the side's training sessions for the highly-anticipated clash.


  • iam.thato.3 - 2012-07-26 14:07

    can't wait to see another "For the Pirates performance!!!" hehe. Looking forward to this game.

  • - 2012-07-26 14:25

    Shapaaa Makhosi shapaaaaaaa!!! WE R BEEEEEK, CANT WAIT FOR THE GAMES TO BEGIN BAY!!!

  • Phistos Rampedi - 2012-07-26 14:39

    shapa kosi shaaaaaaaapppaaaaaaa lets show them the real football guyz we all behind u through light and dark

  • sango.jika - 2012-07-26 15:02

    can't wait to see kaizer chips loose again, oops did i say chips.

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-07-26 15:05

    Unfortunately its not up to you Itumeleng "Bokke Jive" Khune. The win for OPFC 1937 is guaranteed and unavoidable.

  • gordon.mazibuko - 2012-07-26 15:33

    idiots...................... all of you

  • cosmas.ngwenya - 2012-07-26 15:35

    shapa bakajuju shapaaaaaaaaaaaa! show them wat it mins 2 be champs

  • lmapheto - 2012-07-26 15:50

    Khune Jibrajabjibrajabin...until the last whistle, Pirates will be fighting and robbing you

  • mpumelelo.matross - 2012-07-26 15:59

    Rise Khosi all the naysayers (manyakanyiya) make sure uHamster (Benni) has lost his boep.....

  • Harold - 2012-07-26 16:12

    what Mary explained I'm startled that a stay at home mom able to get paid $9735 in a few weeks on the computer. did you see this siteb

  • malcolm.oconnor.58 - 2012-07-26 17:06

    Motor mouth Khune again , Chiefs will be licking their wounds again on Sat & then calling for the coach to be fired !!!! "Fumbler" Khune to cost chiefs again !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • siyabonga.ximba - 2012-07-27 19:28

    you better keep your words

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