We have to be patient - Khune
Posted: 30 October 2018 Time: 13:00
Kaizer Chiefs skipper Itumeleng Khune has explained the challenge around their ongoing trophy drought but calls for patience as they look to return the club to its former glory.
Chiefs, as well as arch-rivals Orlando Pirates, have both fallen behind in the way of success in recent years, yet the Soweto Derby remains the premier fixture on the domestic calendar as proven by the sold-out crowd at FNB Stadium on Saturday.
For the second successive Derby, fans got their money’s worth as an exciting affair ended with both teams having scored, with the result once again going against Amakhosi.
In recent years, Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits, SuperSport United and to some extent even Cape Town City have enjoyed prominence on the silverware front, while Chiefs and Pirates have endured a three and four-year drought respectively.
For Khune, it has pained him to see the club losing their grip on the title of ‘cup kings’, but he has outlined the hardships they face in the current era and called for patience as they navigate their way back to the pinnacle of South African football.
“It’s all in our hands, we are given an opportunity every season [to win trophies],” said Khune.
“But a lot of new players come in [each season], they have to adjust to playing for this big brand and it’s never easy for them. As seniors it’s our responsibility to help them settle in as soon as possible.
“They need to know the culture of the team and what the team stands for, and that we are a team that wins trophies every season, but for the past three seasons we haven’t done that.
“It’s not easy having new players come in and not getting to adjust as early as possible, because in some seasons the MTN8 is before even our first league match.
“And we go for pre-season and try by all means to share our thoughts and experience with the new players, but it takes longer for some than for others. So we just have to be patient and let them gel, and things will get back to normal.”
‘Itu’ added: “We know, and we’re not proud of what’s been happening for the past few seasons, but we will try our best to bring the Kaizer Chiefs back to where it belongs.”