He may not be the Kaizer Chiefs captain anymore, but Itumeleng Khune knows all about the enormous pressure that comes with being the Amakhosi skipper.
This season, Khune has been stripped of the Chief’s captaincy by coach Gavin Hunt, owing to his prolonged absence from the Amakhosi squad with Hunt naming Ramahlwe Mphahlele as the team’s skipper for the rest of the campaign.
Khune took over the armband from Siphiwe Tshabalala as the Glamour Boys skipper in the 2016/17 season, and spent four years captaining the side under various coaches.
Now, the veteran shot-stopper has opened up on the differences between an ordinary player and being the captain of one of the biggest teams in the country.
“To be quite honest, there is a difference between being a normal player and being a captain,” Khune told Vodacom’s Ringa Nathi.
“As a captain you need to carry yourself in a certain way. You need to be a good example on and off the field and players need to learn a lot from you. And you know, when you go on the field, training or playing matches, there is a lot that is expected of you and when you deliver on the field, other players will follow suit.
“So there’s a huge difference between just being a player because pressure is not on you to deliver, as much as pressure is on all of us - but the captain’s pressure is different to just any player’s pressure,” he explained.
Khune is currently the longest-serving member of the current Chiefs squad, having come through the club’s development ranks before breaking into the first team setup back in 2004.
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