Itumeleng Khune News: Chiefs Provide Update On Khune

Itumeleng Khune News

Giovanni Solinas has confirmed that Itumeleng Khune is back in camp with Kaizer Chiefs ahead of tonight’s clash with Baroka, although he is yet to select his goalkeeper for the game.
Khune missed the win over Free State Stars in the MTN8 due to personal reasons, with his girlfriend, Sbahle Mpisane, in a critical condition in hospital following a car accident last week.

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Now, with Mpisane recovering, it has been revealed that the Amakhosi captain could well be available for selection this evening, though he will have to show that he’s ready to start ahead of Bruce Bvuma and Brylon Petersen. Virgil Vries is out having picked up a knee injury.

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Solinas told the club’s official website, “We have three goalkeepers in camp… We will mull about the selection of the goalkeeper, but it’s good to see that Khune is back in camp and available for selection.”

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Meanwhile, with regards to Joseph Molangoane, who could potentially miss the rest of the 2018/19 Absa Premiership season, Solinas said, “His injury is a major blow to our planning. We will fully support Molangoane on his road to (recovery)… We have capable players to cover that role.”
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Itumeleng Khune warns AmaZulu that new-look Kaizer Chiefs are a ‘different prospect’

Willard Katsande, Mario Booysen, Itumeleng Khune and Siyabonga Ngezana of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Free State Stars and Kaizer Chief at Goble Park Stadium, Bethlehemon 18 September 2018. 
Image: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

There may be “no small teams in the PSL any more”‚ but Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has warned AmaZulu that a new-look Amakhosi will be a different prospect from the side Usuthu drew twice against in the Absa Premiership last season.

Chiefs meet AmaZulu at FNB Stadium on Saturday evening (kickoff 6pm).

Cavin Johnson’s well-drilled AmaZulu – denied a top eight place in the boardroom having bought their way into the PSL purchasing promoted Thanda Royal Zulu last season – are a case in point that small teams cannot be underestimated in the top-flight.

Usuthu forced champions Mamelodi Sundowns to come from 3-2 down and earn a 3-3‚ pound-for-pound draw in Umlazi on Sunday.

That game was part of a frenetic weak in the PSL where goals have been scored at a pulsating rate. This included results such as Chiefs’ 4-1 win against Cape Town City‚ Orlando Pirates’ 3-1 victory against SuperSport‚ and City’s 2-2 draw against Pirates at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday coming back from 2-0 down.

“Even us against Celtic – we were leading 2-0‚ they came back to 2-2 and we dropped two points at home‚” Khune said‚ referring to a draw against Phunya Sele Sele at FNB on August 29.

“So yes‚ I agree; I’ve said it for the past few seasons‚ that there are no more small teams.

“For us‚ the start to this season was not how we wanted to begin. But we are starting to pick up‚ and we’re starting to play good football.

“We’re starting to pick up the points‚ which is a good sign that we’re starting to come together as a team. And we will continue doing that.

“We won’t let these two wins get into our heads. We just have to continue working hard and getting as many points as possible.”

Chiefs followed up Saturday’s thrashing of City at Cape Town Stadium with a 2-0 win against Free State Stars at Goble Park on Tuesday night fielding a near-B team.

The back-to-back wins will have come as some relief for new coach Giovanni Solinas after a nervy start at Amakhosi.

Solinas will know that Chiefs will need a solid plan to pick up a third win against nuggety AmaZulu.

“AmaZulu are a tough team‚” Khune admitted.

“Last season we only picked up two points against them – we played 0-0 [home and away]. And it shows that they are not an easy team to beat.

“But for us it’s a new season‚ with new players; a different mindset‚ different approach‚ different planning. So we will plan differently for them.

“Because we’ve got a very good squad. Everyone who has been given a chance up to this far has proven that he deserves to play‚ he deserves to be in the starting XI.

“We just want to give our coach a little bit of a headache where everyone is performing‚ everyone wants to start and wants to get results for the team.”

Chiefs’ first and second PSL victories of the season this week‚ to go with four draws and a defeat‚ pushed them up to fourth place.

AmaZulu are in ninth place with two wins‚ a draw and two losses from five games.

Source: sundaytimes

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – SEPTEMBER 22: Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs during the Kaizer Chiefs Media Open Day at Kaizer Chiefs Village, Naturena on September 22, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Bafana Bafana head coach, Stuart Baxter, has commented on Itumeleng Khune’s weight after naming him in his latest squad to face Libya next month.
Khune, who has long been the first choice goalkeeper for the South African national team, has conceded seven goals in five games for Kaizer Chiefs in the 2018/19 season so far, keeping just one clean sheet as they drew 0-0 with Maritzburg United recently.
Now, going into a crucial home tie with the Libyans in Durban, Baxter has explained that he’s happy to hear the good reports coming out of Naturena regarding Khune’s fitness, with his son, Lee Baxter, the current goalkeeper coach at the club.
When asked about his goalkeepers, which also includes Ronwen Williams and Darren Keet, the Bafana coach said, “Obviously I’ve got very good information coming out of Kaizer Chiefs because Lee is the goalkeeper coach there.
“So I know what time Itu gets up in a morning now, and what he’s eating for breakfast. I know what he’s doing at any given time, and Lee’s very, very pleased with Itu and his attitude.
“I think he’s lost something like eight or nine kilograms, and he’s looking really sharp in training. I’m happy about that.”
Khune, who missed the clash with Bloemfontein Celtic earlier this week, will be hoping to return help Chiefs to reach the MTN8 final this weekend when they go up against former SuperSport United following a 2-2 draw in the first leg last week.
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