Absa Premiership

Khune: Nobody wants to miss the derby

2016-10-27 12:14
Itumeleng Khune (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune says he's excited for the Soweto derby against Orlando Pirates, in addition to wanting to keep a clean sheet.

Amakhosi have enjoyed a five-game unbeaten streak in the Premiership, with the Bafana Bafana shot-stopper instrumental with four clean sheets in the last four games, however, Khune insists he is not overly concerned about individual plaudits.  

"I am not in the game to break any records," he told the club's official website

"I play to better myself and to help my teammates. My success is their success, their success is my success and, if we work together, we will benefit as a team.

"Hard-work perseverance, proper communication and also good leadership at the back have helped us get to where we are at present," he added.

When asked about the encounter against their bitter-rivals, the 29-year-old cited the magnitude of their fixture in addition to the two team's form guide heading into the tie at the FNB Stadium on Saturday. 

"It can make or break you. However, I have enjoyed every Derby. It is the kind of game you can use to showcase your talents.

"I respect all teams and all games, but the Derby has something special to it - a big crowd at the stadium, a huge television audience and a massive pre-match anticipation from the fans.

"Pirates is doing well and with us on top of the table makes the game more exciting.

"It is what the fans want to see, two teams on top of their game going head-to-head. Everyone wants to witness who’s going to triumph. The thing of the Derby is its unpredictability, form goes out of the window and we never know which way it will go.

"Mentally, physically and emotionally one needs to be well prepared for a game of this magnitude. I strongly believe that we are one as a collective. Nobody wants to miss the Derby and everyone wants to take part to cherish these memories. For an individual to be part of such a great occasion is an honour.

"I will push hard for another clean-sheet against Pirates, it won’t be easy, but I will give it my all," he concluded. 

Kick-off is at 15:30.

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