Khune Speaks After Captaincy Announcement
Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune, says that he is ‘ready to lead’ after getting the captain’s armband back last week.
The 29-year-old shot-stopper was confirmed as Chiefs’ new skipper last week, after it was confirmed that Siphiwe Tshabalala wouldn’t continue as captain in 2016/17, with the Bafana goalkeeper regaining the responsibility which was taken from him in 2014/15.
Khune lost the captaincy to Tefu Mashamaite two seasons ago as he was plagued with injuries at the start of the campaign, with ‘Shabba’ being given the honour after his predecessor left South Africa for Swedish club, Hacken, last year.
Now, after a season without silverware, Khune has been reappointed as captain, something that he is very happy about.
Speaking to Chiefs’ official website about the news, Khune said, “All what I can say is that I am ready to lead… I have led before and I know what the armband comes with. It comes with a lot of pressure.
“I enjoy playing under pressure because it brings the best out of me, and I am able to pass this to my teammates. Our supporters demand results. We are ready to defend the badge and make our supporters happy.”
Meanwhile, when asked about the opening clash with Bidvest Wits tomorrow, Khune said, “We are all excited to start with the new season. We are carrying the hopes of our supporters and we don’t want to let them down. I kept in touch with the team when I was in Rio and everyone is raring to go, starting with Wits next week. We are ready to do well this season.”
Chiefs take on Wits at the Bidvest Stadium tomorrow evening as their 2016/17 campaign gets underway.