Kaizer Chiefs captain, Itumeleng Khune, says the 4-0 defeat against Amazulu is a hard pill swallow but Amakhosi will bounce back.
Kaizer Chiefs go into the match against Mamelodi Sundowns as underdogs having already conceded 20 league goals this season – six goals less than the entire 2021/22 season.
“For players it was a difficult pill to swallow and going to into this week, we told ourselves we just have to put it behind us and start focusing on our next match against Mamelodi Sundowns,” said the Chiefs captain during the club media day.
“We just have to go out there and get the results that we want. It’s very important that we forget about the past and focus on the future.
Since we started training on Monday, we’ve been motivated. Yes, we were disappointed with how we lost the match.
The coach [Arthur Zwane] had a plan and as players we made silly errors and that is something that shouldn’t happen when you are playing for Kaizer Chiefs.
From the 20 goals that we conceded in the league this season, 13 goals came from our errors – we gifted them.
If we didn’t do that we would be far [behind] on the log and those are things that we need to avoid. Being underdogs will not affect us, we will host Mamelodi Sundowns and urge our supporters to come in numbers and rally the team because without them we are nothing.”
Khune’s personal performance has also come under a lot of scrutiny this seas and the Amakhosi says he will not shy from criticism.
“Football is a team sport and when the team is not doing well, certain individuals will be labelled and given names.
But I think that is what brings the best out of me as an individual. As a leader you can’t run away from the situation we are facing, you have to face it head on.
Other players look up to me as their role model and senior member of team. If I shy away from criticism that means I’m not willing to grow. I’m wiling to grow as a leader and I’m willing to grow as a footballer and I’m willing to learn as a human being.
There’s a lot of youngsters in the team who can learn a lot from me. With situations like this I have to rise and give better performance than I did against previous opponents.
Yes we will be given names but one game doesn’t define an individual. I’ve played for over – yes I’ve been given names before – but how I bounce back is more important. We will bounce back as a team.”