Kaizer Chiefs skipper Itumeleng Khune admits they did not start the season well and they hope to turn the tables around against Black Leopards this evening at FNB Stadium.
Khune told the club’s official website that their progression in the CAF Champions League is a good morale booster heading into today’s encounter.
“We had two great games in the Champions League. Going through to the next round is a good morale booster for us. We now have to shift our focus back to the DStv Premiership,” says Amakhosi captain.
The 33-year-old reckons that it is not going to be an easy game as both teams did not start the 2020/21 DStv Premiership season in a manner that they would have hoped, and he’s well aware of the challenge that’s in front of them.
“It’s not going to be easy. But we have good energy and we have a great attitude in the camp at the moment. Winning the game and making our supporters proud are our biggest priorities,” he adds.
The Bafana Bafana international believes that a victory will spark a turnaround in Chiefs’ fortunes. The Glamour Boys goal-minder also revealed that it’s difficult for them to play without their supporters due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Everyone is getting used to the ‘new normal’ but it’s been difficult. We are used to playing in packed stadiums and we miss our fans. They are the driving force behind the team. They give us a lot of confidence going into games. There is a big difference in not having them in the stadium but it’s encouraging to know they are rooting for us from home. We promise them that we will continue working hard and push for positive results whenever we play.”
He further said that the ability and the experience of his team to take charge of the current situation will help them get the results they always wanted.
“I have been in this situation before. It takes a lot of courage from every individual to make the team tick and to get the confidence behind everyone in the team. It requires all of us to work hard and be leaders in the field. As the captain, I just wear the armband, but all the guys are leaders. The sooner we understand that we as a team can change the situation for the better,” he says in conclusion.
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By Mauwane Raophala