Downs won’t have it easy this time – Khune

2012-08-21 11:38

Fresh off a 6-0 thrashing of AmaZulu, Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune is confident their fast start to the season will not go to their heads.

Amakhosi host rivals Mamelodi Sundowns in the second round of Premiership matches at Soccer City tomorrow night.

“We don’t want to get carried away,” Khune said.

“The league is a marathon, we have all the games to play and the 6-0 is not something that has gone to our heads.”

Sundowns ran out 4-1 victors over Chiefs in Pretoria in the MTN8 cup quarterfinals a couple of weeks ago.

“For us we’re going to have to triple our efforts, because they’re going to come into this game but not have it easy like they did at Loftus,” Khune said.

“It will be a completely different ball game because, come end of the season, we want to finish in a respectable position.

“In terms of points, every game counts and we don’t want to have any regrets at the end of the season. We’ve learnt from past experiences that we have to pick up points early.”

Khune (25) said their home ground advantage would be vital in overcoming the Brazilians.

“We obviously want to do well in front of our home crowd, and we hope our supporters come in their numbers because we need them.

“We need their support, and when they’re there we hope we can put smiles on their faces. It’s very important to collect three points in our first game at home.”

Elsewhere tomorrow evening, down the road in Dobsonville, Moroka Swallows host Ajax Cape Town with both teams looking to register their first wins of their campaign.

SuperSport United are at home to defending champions Orlando Pirates in Polokwane.

After a strong showing in their 1-1 draw against Maritzburg United, Premiership newcomers University of Pretoria travel to Cedric Sugar Ray Stadium to take on Golden Arrows.

At Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein Celtic are at home to Platinum Stars, while Bidvest Wits host Black Leopards at Bidvest Stadium.

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