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'Shabba' Not Worried About Itu Loss

Kaizer Chief star midfielder, Siphiwe Tshabalala, says they will not be spending sleepless nights worrying about the absence of Itumeleng Khune in Saturday’s derby game against Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium.

The Amakhosi and Bafana Bafana number one has been out injured, and will play no part in Saturday’s sold-out affair, with the likelihood that Reyaad Pieterse will be between the sticks for the Naturena-based side. Khune hurt his ankle before the beginning of the Caf Champions League first round first leg match against Mozambican side, Liga Muculmana, and has already missed the second leg away as well as the national team’s friendly international against Brazil.

It is considered a big blow for Stuart Baxter’s side, but ‘Shabba’, although lamenting the loss, does not seem overly-bothered about it.

Speaking at the Soweto derby press conference on Thursday, he said, “It’s disappointing that Itu is injured but it’s an opportunity for whoever takes the jersey. As senior players we are responsible for bringing whoever takes the jersey up to speed and making him feel comfortable.”

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