Give Kingston a break – Khune

2013-10-24 17:52

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Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune has pleaded with the club’s supporters to give striker Kingston Nkhatha a break.

Nkhatha has been at the receiving end of the boo boys after his below-par performances lately.

He was again booed this past weekend when Chiefs visited Free State Stars.

This is not the first time the marksman has come under attack from his own supporters.

He was the subject of the same boo brigade last season, which prompted Chiefs to come up with a slogan – “Don’t boo our players” – denouncing the bad behaviour.

Now Khune has entered the fray, saying it is not good for the morale of the team as it affects all the players.

“Last season we made a campaign regarding the booing of Nkhatha, but supporters have started booing him again. He is one of us and he contributed to us winning a double last season. What is happening to him is not nice and we need to condemn it,” said Khune.

Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter also said he did not understand how the supporters could boo one of their own and called on them to respect his team selection.

“I don’t see (the) crowd calling for Nkhatha to be taken off, but he has got my absolute confidence when on the field. I’m pleased he is in my team,” said Baxter.

“I see him every day in training and I know his qualities. People can keep asking for him to be substituted but I decide who plays.”

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