Absa Premiership

Khune explains derby's lack of goals

2016-10-30 19:20
Itumeleng Khune (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has explained why he believes yet another Soweto derby, like last Saturday's 0-0 draw with Orlando Pirates, failed to deliver goals.

The match ended in a goalless draw after Thabo Rakhale and Gift Motupa spurned Bucs' best chances, while Hendrick Ekstein missed a good chance for Chiefs.

The stalemate was the fourth occasion in the last 10 official meetings in which neither outfit has been able to register a goal. In addition, some critics have questioned whether the contest ever really lives up to its reputation as being one of the biggest derbies in world football.

Nonetheless, Khune is of the belief that solid defence dominated the last encounter, and that playing in the afternoon heat might be affecting the performance levels of the players.

He told reporters after the game: "We're happy with the clean sheet. Every defence wants that. We want to keep it clean at the back and let the guys upfront score goals.

"The heat affects us as players. If you look at it, we play most, if not all our games at night. It plays a role."

Amakhosi's next order of business is a Premiership clash with Baroka on Wednesday evening in Durban.

 

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Saturday, 21 September 2019
Stellenbosch v Black Leopards, Cape Town Stadium 15:00
Chippa United v Bloemfontein Celtic, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:00
Polokwane City v SuperSport United, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Mamelodi Sundowns v Maritzburg United, Lucas Moripe Stadium 18:00
Wits v Orlando Pirates, Moses Mabhida Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 22 September 2019
Cape Town City v Golden Arrows, Cape Town Stadium 15:00
Baroka FC v Highlands Park, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
AmaZulu v Kaizer Chiefs, King Zwelithini Stadium 15:00
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