Sibusiso Khumalo pleased with game-time at Kaizer Chiefs
Posted: 11 October 2016 Time: 10:12
Kaizer Chiefs left-back Sibusiso Khumalo says he had to grab his opportunity with both hands when handed a start by coach Steve Komphela.
Khumalo, an off-season signing from SuperSport United, has played in Amakhosi's last three games against Highlands Park, Maritzburg United and Free State Stars.
The ex-Mamelodi Sundowns man has demoted Tsepo Masilela to the bench in the process, but insists he is learning much from his experienced teammate.
“The coach gave me the opportunity and I grabbed it with both hands. So far so good and I will like to keep it this way,” Khumalo says.
“As I said it before, I didn't come to Chiefs to take Tsepo Masilela's place, I came here to learn from him. But now I'm happy because I'm getting some game-time.
“Together with the new signings, we are fitting in nicely. As you can see that in the last three games, they introduced me, Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Michelle Katsvairo and I think we are gelling well as a team.”
Khumalo is getting used to the pressure that comes with playing for the Soweto giants, who started the season poorly before reeling off three straight wins to claim the league summit.
“It's difficult to play for a team like Chiefs and the fact that we didn't start the season well makes a lot of pressure for us,” he adds.
“When you walk in the streets or go in to malls and everywhere, the fans treat you like you did something wrong. But it's part of football, we won't win all the games.
“Now that we've won three games, the supporters when they meet you in malls and everywhere, they greet you with a smile.
“All you need is to focus and not take things personally when we see them putting pressure on us.”