Kaizer Chiefs shot-stopper, Itumeleng Khune is eager to use his experience to help the South African national team in the two must-win clashes against Sao Tome and Principe.
Bafana Bafana will face-off with Sao Tomeans in back-to-back Africa Cup Of Nations qualifiers which will both be hosted in Mzansi.
The first encounter will get underway this evening in Durban, while the second will take place in Port Elizabeth on Monday.
Speaking to Amakhosi’s official website, Khune, Bafana’s former number one shot-stopper and the second highest-capped player has outlined the importance of the upcoming clashes while adding that if he will do his best to support the team if he plays or not.
“In qualifying for the 2019 AFCON, we defeated Seychelles 6-0 at home and drew 0-0 with them in the next game,” Khune went on to say.
“The second result made it hard for us because we had to go to Tunisia and defeat Libya to qualify in our last game. We’ve got to respect every opponent and not underestimate them and don’t want a mountain to climb by not winning our games.
“We must take advantage of being at home for these games. We need these six points especially with the two games against Sudan and Ghana after that. Winning will put us in a strong position to qualify.
“It’s great history to be part of these types of games when we play against opponents that the country has not previously faced. It will be important to make the country proud by winning and getting the points. If I play, I will aim to keep clean sheets and if I am on the bench, I will do my best to support the guys.
“From my experience, I know that every game is different.
“Every opponent brings something new. Having played in qualifying games before, I will try to use this experience to help particularly the new guys settle and overall to help draw on these experiences to help the team perform at our best level. I have been fortunate to have been in the national team for so many years now and be the country’s second-highest capped player. Many coaches and players past and present have helped me serve my country with honour and I must be grateful for this.”
The clash is scheduled for 21:00 this evening.