Johannesburg - Following their disappointing Nedbank Cup exit on the hands of SuperSport United over the weekend, Kaizer Chiefs skipper Itumeleng Khune says it was a bitter pill to swallow as they anticipated winning through to the semi-finals of the competition.
Chiefs suffered a 5-3 loss on penalties - after playing to a 1-all stalemate after regulation time - to Matsatsantsa in the quarter-finals of the R7m competition at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.
The 29-year-old shot stopper said the Phefeni Glamour Boys will now switch focus to the Absa Premiership in pursuit of the championship title to avoid another trophy-less season at Naturena.
Khune also extended his apologies to the Amakhosi faithful who went to the iconic stadium in their numbers to rally behind the Glamour Boys on the night.
“Yes it’s very sad for me to win the man of the match accolade while on the losing side,” Khune lamented.
“It was a lottery of penalty shootouts and I failed to save even one penalty. It’s also sad for us to lose and get eliminated from the competition.
“It is a bitter pill to swallow and it really dashed our winning momentum.
“But thanks to the supporters who came in numbers. They were the driving force behind our 14 game unbeaten run. So we’ll keep pushing and shift our focus to the league.
“We’ll do our best to bring back the smiles to their faces.
Chiefs will face Cape Town City FC in their Absa Premiership clash at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday.
is at 19:30.