Kaizer Chiefs' Steve Komphela says Itumeleng Khune intimidates rivals following Bidvest Wits draw
Posted: 18 September 2017 Time: 11:00
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela feels Itumeleng Khune intimidates opponents in the Amakhosi goal.
The Bafana Bafana number one claimed a second straight man-of-the-match award in the 1-1 stalemate with champions Bidvest Wits at FNB Stadium on Saturday.
Khune also impressed in the 2-0 win at high-flying Cape Town City last week following his return from illness.
"You could see his performance, he is a great influence and we need that," said Komphela, who felt his men deserved all three points against the Clever Boys.
"If you have a man like this then your opponents say, 'goodness me, how are we going to score?'
"There was a ball which was played, I think it was Elias Pelembe or Vicent Pule, and he made a great save.
"There was another one which was hit outside the box as well. He is there for you. I'm not saying the rest of the other keepers are not there, but every time he is there there is great confidence."
Komphela revealed he watched Wits counterpart Gavin Hunt with interest when Khune approached the dugout before the match started.
"He is a great talent and very experienced. Beginning of the match against Wits, he came to the benches and as he was running through them for whatever reasons, I focused on their bench. Gavin Hunt was focusing on the keeper. I don't know why and I wonder what he was thinking about him and I said, 'if he feels intimidated the better for us,' and at the end of the match he acknowledges the talent."
The Glamour Boys, in mid-table with five points from four games, next visit joint-log leaders Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday night.