Khune: We made ‘schoolboy’ errors

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Willard Katsande, Mario Booysen, Itumeleng Khune and Siyabonga Ngezana
  • Post published:November 25, 2018

Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune admits they let their support down following their below par performance against rivals Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

The Glamour Boys failed to book their place in the Telkom Knockout final after suffering a 2-1 defeat to the Buccaneers in the semi-final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Amakhosi have now conceded two consecutive defeats against Pirates this season, having lost by the same margin in the first instalment of the Soweto derby in the Absa Premiership.

‘As heartbroken as I am, I can feel for these people who came to watch Kaizer Chiefs. We disappointed them again. Things just didn’t go our way. We created chances, but we couldn’t convert them,” Khune said on SuperSportTV after the game.

‘Our defending… I mean we can’t be conceding goals like this. Week in and week out, we make schoolboy errors. We want to work as hard as any other team. It’s heartbreaking.’

The Bafana Bafana shot-stopper admits that a lack of communication in their defensive third is what ultimately led to Justin Shonga sealing the win for the Sea Robbers.

‘Shonga goes for a bicycle-kick… we have three defenders around him. I mean, we had the numbers but we couldn’t clear our lines,’ he added.

‘Booysen cleared the ball, but we still couldn’t make the second clearance. We could have avoided this situation. We communicated. Chiefs faithful deserve better.’

Khune went on to say that the players do not deserve to wear the black and gold jersey of Chiefs with their poor performance against Pirates.

‘We have to look at the performance of the team. If it’s not enough, then I will have to look at myself again and tell the bosses that ”maybe I don’t deserve to be wearing this badge”. We cannot continue losing to Pirates like this – it’s unacceptable.’

‘We have to look at ourselves and say, “Do we deserve to wear this jersey? Do we deserve to make these people happy?” If not, then we might as well tell Bobby that this badge is too heavy for us, because some of us are giving our all in every match, but it seems like we’re not all coming to the party. So, that’s why I am saying that we all have to go and look at ourselves as individuals and see what contribution we are bringing to this badge,’ Khune concluded.