Derby fever: Khune’s BMT can swing it

2013-03-03 10:00

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One need look no further than Kaizer Chiefs’ number one, Itumeleng Khune, for big-match temperament (BMT).

The Chiefs captain has what it takes to win matches for his side and leads from the back.

His last-minute save against Mamelodi Sundowns last month was one of the best saves of the season and he is once again expected to lead by example against Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

Khune does not only stop goals, but initiates quick counterattacks with his impeccable ball distribution.

No one knows him better than Bafana Bafana goalkeeper coach Alex Heredia, who has described him as one of the best on the continent.

The respected mentor says if Chiefs are to win, Khune will have to be at his best as he has a natural instinct to be a goalkeeper and uses it very well.

“With his experience and talent, he is by far the best goalkeeper in the country and he can rise to the occasion,” said Heredia.

“A goalkeeper is an integral part of the team, but without a proper defensive structure, he is as good as not being there because you cannot play in isolation. At the moment, Chiefs have a better defensive structure and are solid at the back, and this makes the goalkeeper’s position very easy.”

Heredia said derby matches were difficult to predict as teams rose to the occasion.

“A lot of factors can sway the game around and anything can happen. While the morale in the Chiefs camp is very high after their recent performances, this will be a great opportunity for Pirates to recover from their slump.”

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