Itumeleng Khune pinpoints Kaizer Chiefs’ frailties

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Itumeleng Khune says their plan this season was to not let any opponent come to FNB Stadium and walk way with three points. Photo: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images
Itumeleng Khune says their plan this season was to not let any opponent come to FNB Stadium and walk way with three points. Photo: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images


Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has provided an honest analysis of Amakhosi’s inconsistencies so far this season.

Heading into their blockbuster DStv Premiership clash against Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium on Saturday night in an 8pm kick-off, Khune reflects on what needs to be fixed in his camp.

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He citied silly errors and a negative home record as two of the factors that must be eliminated if Chiefs are to be in serious contention for silverware. 

The Amakhosi captain said:  

I wouldn’t really say it’s difficult times for us. We we ended the year on the right note when we won our game against Golden Arrows [2-0 away on December 31]. I think after that game we relaxed a bit. We thought everything is going well, and going into our first game of 2023, we were highly confident and motivated that Sekhukhune United were right at the bottom and we were going to have it easy on the night. Unfortunately, they disappointed us by creating that one chance and they converted.

Chiefs lost the match 1-0 at FNB Stadium on January 7, which was day Amakhosi’s 53rd anniversary celebrations began.  

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has urged his team-mates to stick together. Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

As if this was not enough of a party-pooper, Khune and his team-mates suffered a 4-0 humiliation against AmaZulu six days later.

He said: 

Our result against AmaZulu was a difficult pill to swallow. So, going into this week, we told ourselves that as hard it is, we just have to put it behind us and start focusing on our next important home match against Mamelodi Sundowns. We have to go out there and get the result that we want, which is a win at home.

Khune argued that the team was “not doing badly because we are still number four after two loses”, in reference to the back-to-back defeats against AmaZulu and Sekhukhune.

In 16 matches so far, Amakhosi won seven, drew three and lost six.

Khune said: 

We are not happy that we have dropped six points out of the [last] two matches, more especially at home [against Sekhukhune]. We told ourselves, that this season, we won't let any opponent come to FNB Stadium and walk way with three points.

"If you check our statistics - home and away - we play good football and create [scoring] chances. Unfortunately, when you don’t convert, these teams wait for just one opportunity and they take it."

Khune has admitted that his team has committed silly errors that allowed their opponents to scores. Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

"So, we have to remain switched on throughout the 90-plus minutes so that we don’t give them hope and opportunity to even hit the target," Khune pointed out.

The contributing factors in Chiefs’ fluctuating form according to Khune 

We made silly mistakes that led into goals and that’s something that shouldn’t be happening when you play for Kaizer Chief. 

Even our coach was telling us about the stats, that out of the 20 goals we conceded in the league this season, we gave 13 of those goals to the opponents. We made those errors in our last third and gifted them the goals. 

So, those are the kinds of things we need to avoid, which is silly errors in our own half. We play good football and take the game to our opponents, but we get disappointed when we get in front of goal.

If you look at the stats, first half only, we create more than nine chances, but we’ll hit the target once. And that something that needs to change. 

Khune believes that, had it not been for these costly mistakes, Amakhosi would be well within a touching distance of the log leaders.

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Sundowns are ridingan 11-match winning streak and the Pretoria side head into the match tonight boasting a 19-point difference over Chiefs.

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Khune remains optimistic that his side will turn the corner: “At this point, it’s important for us to stick together as a team and for our fans to rally behind us. Things will take a turn and we’ll get positive results going forward.”

DStv Premiership fixtures this weekend


Golden Arrows vs Maritzburg United (Princess Magogo Stadium, 3.30pm)

Royal AM vs Chippa United (Chatsworth Stadium, 3.30pm) 

Kaizer Chiefs vs Mamelodi Sundowns (FNB Stadium, 8pm)

AmaZulu vs Marumo Gallants (Moses Mabhida Stadium, 8pm)


Orlando Pirates vs Stellenbosch (Orlando Stadium, 3.30pm)

SuperSport United vs Richards Bay (Lucas Moripe Stadium, 3.30pm) 


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