Khune faces Bucs bogey again

2011-09-16 09:11

Johannesburg - Football pin-up Itumeleng Khune is desperate for a change of luck when his Kaizer Chiefs team face arch-rivals Orlando Pirates Saturday in a Soweto derby.

The Soweto giants, whose rivalry ranks among the biggest on the continent, have already clashed three times since the mid-July start of the season with Pirates winning them all.

National team first choice Khune allowed a shot to slip between his legs and into the net as the Buccaneers won 1-0 in a Vodacom Challenge playoff for the right to face English visitors Tottenham Hotspur.

A week later they clashed again in an exhibition match bankrolled by a world brewing giant and after 120 goalless minutes, the Chiefs goalkeeper blazed his penalty over in the shoot-out and handed Pirates the trophy.

Last weekend, Pirates successfully defended the MTN8 Cup - a competition for the leading eight finishers in the previous championship - and Khune was the fall guy once again.

His "crime" was to allow a long-range Oupa Manyisa shot to bounce just before reaching him and then fly over his outstretched arms for the lone goal of a game that went to extra time.

Within hours social network sites were abuzz with criticism of Khune, the son of a mineworker from Ventersdorp who first sporting love was cricket before joining Chiefs when 17 years old.

"Hate me - it is okay. You are making me stronger and I am used to people like you (critics). I can do only so much and need protection as well," Khune tweeted.

It was a rare experience for the clean-cut 24-year-old goalkeeper, who appears on television almost nightly endorsing fried chicken and shoe polish, and Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic rushed to his defence.

"My philosophy is that a goalkeeper is never guilty for conceding a goal. If the 10 players in front of him cannot stop a guy from scoring, then he cannot do anything," said the Serb.

Khune was also out of luck in midweek with big-screem replays proving he did not foul an Ajax Cape Town player, but the referee thought otherwise and awarded a penalty which the home team converted en route to a 2-1 victory.

It was Chiefs' first league loss after three consecutive victories and left them level with Pirates, one point behind early pacesetters Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United.

Chiefs will lack suspended Zimbabwe midfield "enforcer" Tinashe Nengomasha at Soccer City while Pirates can call on former Blackburn and West Ham striker Benni McCarthy, who missed the MTN8 triumph because of a two-match ban.


  • Nari - 2011-09-16 10:11

    Chiefs is going down again watch the hungry Benni McCarthy who always wanted to blackmail Khune, Pirates has been invited by Makhosi for lunch again

      The Pro - 2011-09-16 10:55

      Benni would be hungry - he's still overweight for a striker and should stop eating and starting running more

      Ephraim Bogopa - 2011-09-16 12:07

      Benny injured his knee on training, Benny wont play tomarrow

  • YES - 2011-09-16 10:13

    It's about time that management of Kaizer Chiefs should intervene. It was not advisable for technical team to have fielded Khune after he had been subjected to lot of criticisms from the fans. The coach sahould have rested him in order to regain confidence. I can imagine how the boy felt when he was unfairly adjudged to have foiled another player and caused the team to loose. He must have been devastated by a loss and should be saved from Pirates game on Saturday. Chiefs must rest the boy for at least a month.

  • Ak - 2011-09-16 10:35

    Khune is still my number one, no matter what About tomorrows game, I still believe on the Glamour boys, tables will turn, maybe not tomorrow, but soon. Pirates play the best football in SA at the moment, but its definetely not gon be a walk in the park for them, they'll have to work extra harder And Pirates fans be careful, you'z are beatable...

  • The Pro - 2011-09-16 11:00

    The Pirates fans will continue to make noise and forget that not so long ago they hadn't won anything in 10 years? Sure they are playing attractive and consistant football however Maritzburg United beat them so they can be beat. Chiefs squandered many good opportunities to bury them early in the MTN 8 and a freak goal won it so I don't see why they cannot be beaten again? We shall prevail and this will be the tonic Chiefs needs to get back on our horse. Final score Chiefs 2 - 1 Pirates

  • monwai - 2011-09-16 11:28

    yooh chiefs is in trouble.

  • Tshifularo - 2011-09-16 13:38

    Ayeye Makhosi! Run Makhosi Run. I have a great idea, why don't they stay away from the game and give Pirates a walkover... that way Chips will avoind the embarassment.

  • mmoledis - 2011-09-16 15:23

    I am tired of Kaizer Chiefs, every time they play they became casual and not serious enough, yes Khune is the last man of defence he could have done better during Pirates game Chiefs lost and also against Ajax as the number one keeper he should know best there is no any excuses for him. We will see tomorrow what will happen and what they will then say after the game if they lose again against Pirates.To attract supporters to the stadium a team need to perform otherwise supporters will just watch the games on tv and avoid going to stadiums wasting their money for nothing.

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