Khune – We Are Going To Pretoria To Fight
Itumeleng Khune says that Kaizer Chiefs are ready to fight for the three points when they take on DStv Premiership log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday.
The two teams, who have both qualified for the CAF Champions League quarter-finals, have had very contrasting league seasons, with Sundowns at the the top, unbeaten after 21 games, while Chiefs are slugging it out in 11th spot, trying to get into the top eight.
Chiefs have 25 points after 22 games, and they are two points behind eighth-placed Baroka.
Khune says that while they have not had a good season, they have also had some bad luck, and failed to win games where they played well.
The Bafana goalkeeper is hoping that on Sunday every player takes responsibility, and he feels that if they all come to the party, they can end Sundowns’ unbeaten run.
“Ja, Sundowns has been doing very well, but at this stage, we focusing on ourselves, we’re focusing on our game plan,” Khune told the club’s media department.
“We focusing on how we can take advantage of the opportunities we create. We taking one game as it comes, but it’s very important that every game we go to now we go into to dig deep for the results. And we’re going to fight until the end. Ja, it hasn’t been a very easy season for us from start.
“But we are clubbing together as a team. And we fight for each other, we fight for the badge, and yes, an eight game unbeaten run, but on Wednesday against Cape Town City, we gave it away. I think we just have to minimize the mistakes. And after minimizing the mistakes, because every time we concede goals, if you had to look at the way we concede goals, it’s through lapses of concentration.”
“So if we can just concentrate more and minimize those mistakes I think we can avoid conceding those silly goals. But it takes the whole team to stay focused to stay switched on throughout the 90 minutes. But as a goalkeeper, obviously you have to lead from the back onto the front. And you just have to keep all the players on their toes keep reminding them to stay switched on.”
“So yes, preparations against Sundowns have been going very well. We training hard, we know what to expect. They are very good side, they play good football and not taking anything away from us, we also doing well and it’s going to be a tough match for us. And it’s an away match. So we just have to go to Loftus in Pretoria and give our all and try and match Sundowns in all the departments.”
“I think as individuals if we can all win our individual battles, I think we can come out victorious in that match. We all know how good Sundowns is, but I think in the past, we’ve done well against them. And yes, like I said, if we can just do we know individual battles, try and match their individual brilliance, we can win the match. So we are well prepared for them.”
“And all we can promise our fans is they must have faith in us, they must have the belief, because we have the belief, hence we went eight matches without the loss. So we are we are going to Pretoria to fight. We are going for the battle, we are going for war, we are not going to make it easy for our opponents, but we are going to defend the badge.”
“And it’s very important that we take the game to them and not allow them space, not allow them to take advantage of the fact that we just lost our previous game against Cape Town City. So it’s very important that we go in knowing very well what is at stake, three points is at stake, we are not in a good position at the moment.”
“And we are a big club and it has to show on the day that we want to get into the top eight. And by getting into the top eight, we need to start collecting points and it starts on Sunday, against Sundowns, and we are going to fight for all three points.”