Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune will be using the vast experience he has gained on the African continent while featuring for Bafana Bafana as well as ‘Amakhosi’ in African Club competition.
This will come into good effect when Chiefs face current Moroccan top-flight leaders Wydad Casablanca, this evening in a Caf Champions League Group C encounter, to be played at the 4 August Stadium in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Khune played against the Moroccan national team during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) while featuring for Bafana Bafana in a 2-2 group stage draw.
He then faced Raja Casablanca in the away second leg of a first-round clash in the 2015 Caf Champions League. He is aware of what to expect from Wydad Casablanca as he explained.
“I am looking forward to the trip to Burkina Faso to face Wydad Casablanca, it’s a big and very tough match for us, we will be looking to bringing three points back home,” he said.
Further to helping the team by using his knowledge and experience, Khune returns to Burkina Faso having played in Bafana Bafana 2018 Fifa World Cup Qualifier in Ouagadougou, against Burkina Faso.
He will be imparting his knowledge of the conditions at the 4 August Stadium to his team-mates adding.
“I will draw on my past travels to help the guys acclimatize. I have briefed them on what to expect in Ouagadougou, it is not going to be an easy outing. We are anticipating grueling conditions,” added Khune.
“We are aware of what is expected of us and are ready to fight for the club and represent the whole nation with pride and honour. We are looking forward to this challenge and we are ready for it both mentally and physically.
“To the fans supporting us from home, we carry you in our hearts and are ready to do what it takes to bring back the three points. We have done substantial preparation for this match and are determined to give it our laser focus and effort.
“The team is ready and excited for the match. We are working extremely well together as a team, ready to take on this difficult game. The playing fields are level as it is neither of our home field’s – the neutral venue means that both teams are technical playing under away game circumstances. We see this as a real advantage, and it makes us even more committed to fight hard for the three points.
Khune has kept three clean sheets in the CAF Champions League this season and will be targeting a the fourth one against Wydad. Sunday’s game is at 18h00 SA time, 16h00 Burkina Faso’s time.
Chiefs flew out of South Africa on Friday morning and will return home on Monday.
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By FARPost Reporter