Itumeleng Khune says Kaizer Chiefs win will make South Africa happy
Posted: 6 December 2012 Time: 21:14
Itumeleng Khune believes the experience he has gained playing in the Soweto Derby will come in handy when he leads Kaizer Chiefs against Orlando Pirates on Saturday in a game he says they must definitely win to make the vast majority of South Africa happy.
Since making his Derby debut on November 24, 2007, Khune has missed just a single official match against Pirates – Saturday will be his 14th Derby.
“I feel I have gained considerable experience in this particular fixture to be able to stand up to all its demands,” he says.
“This is not my first Derby and I don’t doubt that we will do well and make our fans happy. Having played in this fixture before helps because the atmosphere can be very frightening yet also so enjoyable.
“This is a game that we must win because a win for us means the majority of the country is happy. This is a different game where we will have 90 000 Chiefs fans and 7 000 of Pirates in the stadium, so we have to make sure that we put smiles on the people of South Africa because this is the club the majority of the country supports.
“We all know what our responsibility is in this game and we are well focused on it and are going out to deliver on Saturday.”
Khune insists he is not reading much into Pirates’ draw with Chippa United on Wednesday and is just keen to see Chiefs collect all three points on Saturday.
“All we want is three points on Saturday; we don’t want to read much into what happened in their last match,” he says. “We are taking one game at a time, aiming for the next set of three points while keeping our feet firmly on the ground.
“There is three points at stake on Saturday and we are going all out to get all of them,” says the Bafana Bafana number one.