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Khune hails strength in depth

2013-04-15 10:12
Itumeleng Khune (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune has showered praise on the team, and three of his team-mates in particular, following their 1-0 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic in the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

According to the Football411 website, Amakhosi headed into the clash without three key men; Morgan Gould, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Erick Mathoho, but Khune said he felt their respective replacements did superbly when called upon by coach Stuart Baxter.

"We won because of team effort, but I want to say well done specifically to Siyabonga Nkosi and Lincoln Zvasiya, who came in for those guys who were out. Willard Katsande also played really well," Khune, who himself played a blinder at the Free State Stadium this weekend, told Football411.

"This was a great win for us, especially because it was in Bloemfontein and we all know it is never easy to get results there. So the likes of Siya really showed that we have a lot of good players in the team, even those that haven't played many games."

Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Bafana Bafana shot-stopper added he now firmly believes the Glamour Boys have a realistic chance of winning the double this season, with the Soweto giants also comfortably clear at the top of the PSL standings with five games remaining.

"We drew two straight games in the league, but we are still seven points clear and we are now in the Nedbank Cup semifinals so it is in our hands now," Khune added.

"It is up to all the players to realise we have a big opportunity to fix what happened last season. It would be great for the team to win two trophies, especially with the big one, the league, in the mix.

"We are going to give it everything we've got to make our supporters happy this season," he concluded.

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