Khune warns Chiefs to focus on United

2010-09-07 00:00

BAFANA Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has warned his Kaizer Chiefs team-mates not to take Maritzburg United lightly when the teams meet in their second Premier Soccer League game of the season at Harry Gwala Stadium tomorrow night.

Chiefs face Orlando Pirates in the first leg of their MTN8 semi-final at FNB Stadium on Saturday, and Khune wants Amakhosi to keep their minds on the game against Maritzburg before thinking of the clash against their bitter arch-rivals.

“As professionals we should give 100 percent in each and every game and to me the game against Maritzburg is as crucial [as Pirates],” Khune told the Chiefs website.

“It is very important that we keep the momentum this season following a good start against Golden Arrows.”

Chiefs began their PSL with a 2-0 win over Arrows at the Rand Stadium last weekend.

The Bafana Bafana No. 1, who had another polished performance helping Bafana beat Niger 2-0 in their opening 2012 African Nations Cup qualifier in Nelspruit on Saturday, said he is feeling good about his form.

“I have managed to keep two clean sheets for Bafana Bafana and two clean sheets for Chiefs.

“I feel motivated as ever to do well this season,” Khune said.

“I am still hungry and it is a pleasure to work with goalkeeper-coach Rainer Dinkelacker and guys like Arthur Bartman [Chiefs’ No. 2 ’keeper], who keep on pushing me hard at training.”

Chiefs legend Vusi “Computer” Lamola, meanwhile, said he believes the team have a chance of winning the league title this season.

Amakhosi have been in impressive early form, winning the pre-season Telkom Charity Cup, overcoming Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in the first round of the MTN8 beating Arrows in the league.

“Chiefs have been impressive without a doubt,” said Lamola, Chiefs’ great midfield schemer of the early 1970s to the early 1980s.

“I believe we have assembled a very good team capable of bringing more silverware to Naturena this season.

“The guys look physically fit. One can tell though that some players are still not yet 100 percent match fit and the team should get better as the season progresses.”

Lamola was full of praise for Chiefs and Bafana midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala, whom coach Vladimir Vermezovic has said the team will be built around this season having failed to land an overseas contract.

“He [Tshabalala] can take players on and can also score goals.

“I see the coach has been using him in a central role this season which I think is going to benefit the team,” Lamola said.

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