Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune excited by future Amakhosi stars, issues rallying cry
Posted: 14 August 2017 Time: 14:18
Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune has challenged the club’s youngsters to step up to the plate if given a chance to play.
The Bafana Bafana goalkeeper feels Amakhosi have a bright future with the youth they have brought in after they promoted several players from their MultiChoice Diski Challenge team.
However, with most teams reluctant to throw youngsters in at the deep end, Khune feels that some coaches are scared to lose their jobs, but believes Chiefs coach Steve Komphela will play some of them this season.
"The coaches are worried about results and protecting their jobs but at the same time, we at Chiefs, there is a mixture of experience and youth," Khune said.
"I will talk about our club and at Chiefs, I think the coach is fair to all the players. If you perform well at training, you deserve to be given the opportunity and lot of players have done that, they have shown that.
"Our coach is very brave, who takes risks whenever is necessary. So he has given everyone a chance to play during the off-season so that everyone can be ready to compete in the PSL."
Khune added that the club’s senior players have been pushing the youngsters to leave their own legacy at Naturena.
"Talking about the youngsters, we are more hard on them, even the coach always ask us a simple question that when the senior guys have retired, who is the next super star.
"Who is the next Bafana Bafana captain? You guys have to step up to the plate and that's what we always emphasise on them; that we are coming towards the end of our era so who is going to replace me, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Bernard Parker.
"But they are working very hard at training and even the behaviour off the field, you will see they are willing to learn.
"Hendrick Ekstein has raised his hand, he wants to play week in and week out. We told him that he’s got a lot of potential but you haven't shown it and he is starting to step up to the plate now.
"We’ve got Wiseman Meyiwa who will be a good replacement of Willard Katsande when he retires and we’ve got great talent."