Absa Premiership

Khune: Players wondered if we deserved Chiefs jersey

2017-08-11 13:25
Itumeleng Khune (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune says the Amakhosi players have returned this season with a 'fresh approach' in order to end two years without silverware.

Amakhosi begin their 2017/ 18 campaign when they take on SuperSport United in an MTN8 quarter-final clash at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

Accustomed to winning trophies on a regular basis, the last two seasons have not gone the way the club would have hoped for, but Khune says it's up to the players to rectify the situation.

"At the end of last season we went away wondering whether we deserved to play for this club," Khune conceded. "But we returned with a fresh approach and much more energised. We are playing against a ruthless team and, to be honest, we have to show more hunger."

The Bafana Bafana shot-stopper gave his backing to head coach Steve Komphela, and says it is the players' responsibility to turn the team's fortunes around.

"It is not just the coach, who is under pressure. He is a good planner as well as tactician and the players have to execute the plan. 

"We have let him down a couple of times. The past two seasons have been a bitter pill to swallow. It is a shame to us as players to go two years without a trophy. We have to take ourselves out of this, we have put ourselves under immense pressure," he said.

Khune concedes however that Matsatsantsa could be a tough nut to crack.

"SuperSport are hungry for success as much as we are. We have to be on top of our game. We have to be hungrier on the day. Moses Mabhida will be packed with our fans and we can't afford to let them down.

"They are a very difficult team to beat and we have to be clinical in front of goal and take our chances," he explained.

Kick off is at 20:15.

Read more on:    kaizer chiefs  |  psl  |  itumeleng khune  |  soccer


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Assuming the 2019/20 Absa Premiership season can't be concluded prior to the 31 July deadline decreed by FIFA, what would be the fairest way to settle matters - all bias aside?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.