Siphiwe: Leave Khune alone

2011-09-13 09:52

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs winger Siphiwe "Shabba" Tshabalala has come out in defence of goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, after their loss to Orlando Pirates in the MTN8 final at the weekend, according to a Sowetan report.

Khune came under a lot of criticism after the 107th minute long-range strike by Oupa "Ace" Manyisa that saw Pirates successfully defend their title on Saturday night.

Tshabalala said on the Kaizer Chiefs website: "We came here to play as a team. When we win we do so as a team and when we lose it is the same. To single out one player is not fair."

Khune wrote on Twitter: "It's wrong to blame me for the defeat against Pirates, I'm not Kaizer Chiefs. We play as a team. I need protection."

Chiefs and Pirates meet again in an Absa Premiership match at Soccer City on Saturday.


  • Will99 - 2011-09-13 10:05

    Then ignore the critics (and twitter) and go play like a team.

  • Singata - 2011-09-13 10:21

    Most of the people who critisizing players as individuals are those who never played football in a competitive environment. If you look back the ball bounced before he can reached it, that is a killer if you are a keeper. The coach made a mistake by substituting Shabba because Pirates respect him in the middle. But nevetherless we lost as a team not one player. Pirates is more balanced than us. Hardy Khosi!

      1stcase - 2011-09-13 11:56

      There is nothing wrong with criticizing individuals within the team, thats what you get when you play professional soccer. Some mistakes are just bigger and more costly than others. Khune should have done better period therefore he deserves the criticism

  • Njabulo - 2011-09-13 11:09

    I agree that blaming 1 player is not fare & it shows that amakhosi family is not stable and supportive to its children. By the way, supporters did not expect that mistake 4rm our number one keeper in a game like derby, & I am no exception!!!! Maybe if u were Avirl Phali, I would have understood. keep yr head up, we still desperatelly need u!!!!

  • Khosi Supporter - 2011-09-13 11:12

    Khune's mistake reflects the negative attitude in the Chiefs camp. If Chiefs hopes to win the league like they claim, then its time that all Chiefs players start taking ownership for their performance on the field. Last season Chiefs lost vital games because some so called senior players would not take on the responsibilty on the field. Scoring is not just a job for the strikers alone and neithers is defending just for defenders but a team effort. If a players who aspires to be champion finds himself in position where he is able to contribute to the success of the team he should act accordingly and not blame others for their lack of effort. Its time! its time for Bobby to starting delivering real leadership. Its time for players like Shabba, Tau, Josta, Nale, Isaacs, Yeye, Khune, Yende to stop bucking responsibilty on the field. And it's definitely time for VV to admit he has failed yet again.

      1stcase - 2011-09-13 11:47

      fully agree, these so called senior players need to step up and be counted. Chiefs dont have a leader

      Cas - 2011-09-13 12:03

      How come VV failed, he only lost 1 game this season, and you cant write the coach off by losing one final. Yes it was painful, I couldnt even log to facebook without someone tagging me with a dead zebra, but its not time to hang the coach. And the people who blames Khune is not the chiefs camp, its us supporters (not necessarily me), but supporters in general. They always look for someone to blame. Khune has been a saviour for both national team and chiefs. It wrong for you to say Khune's mistake reflects negative attitude in the chiefs camp. Everyone makes mistakes, and that is not a reflection of negative attitude. The attitude is positive, hence Shabba came out to Khune's defence. This is a sign of soliderity and not division.

      Khosi Supporter - 2011-09-13 14:22

      Cas let us not fool ourselves, because the technique Khune used was Amateurish to say the least. How many times have you seen the same technique being successfully used to stop long distance shots in italy, spain or england? How times has VV won a league championship as player or as coach? How many opportunities do these players waste per game? Did Chiefs really loose 3-2 to Vasco last year? How many games did Chiefs draw when they should have won? Teams that win leagues don't struggle with such questions but have the winning mentality I was trying to highlight. As true supporters we must ask players and management to account for their below par performance on the field. After all aren't supposed to be professional.

  • Ephraim Bogopa - 2011-09-13 11:49

    sport 24 is out of date most of the time. we want to hear a fresh news.

  • Bekithemba - 2011-09-13 12:19

    Khune is a human being mistakes are common and l also think that he needs a rest

      Nari - 2011-09-13 14:59

      No no no he is perferct, if you rest Khune then goals will pour in like water from Pirates not excatle saying anything from Manyisa

  • YES - 2011-09-13 12:28

    Shame! Askies! Kuzolunga.

      Nari - 2011-09-13 15:05

      Eish!!!!!!! shame to you makhosi fans, I will speak to Pirates management to let makhosi just win this weekend, this has relly gone to far

  • naphy - 2011-09-13 13:17

    I'm not sure about Khune's whining on Twitter... keep working hard and let others make your case dude. People forget how young this guys still is. He's bound to make the odd mistake, albeit this one being extremely costly.

  • jay - 2011-09-13 13:25

    were the mistakes purely a lack of concentration? i saw the goal very briefly so i may be wrong but surely as a keeper you get your body behind the ball?

  • Nari - 2011-09-13 14:53

    Makhosi is now blaming everyone for the lose against the champions, sorry but don`t expect Khune to play against Pirates alone and remember Chiefs is still going to lose again this Saturday and shame to amakhosi for lunch

  • neo.mokhonoane - 2011-09-13 20:57

    Even if Shabba can defend Khune, still we saw what we saw. Khune blundered. It looked like he wanted to prove something against Pirate he underestimated them big time. Khune is now bigheaded because he knows very well that stupid technical team will pick him instead of other keepers. This boy thinks he is Amakhosi. I will kick his ass when I see him, watch the space.

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