Mamelodi Sundowns' Hlompho Kekana says Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune is quality
Posted: 17 October 2017 Time: 12:15
Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana expects an interesting battle against Kaizer Chiefs and is relishing the challenge of trying to best in-form Amakhosi goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.
Sundowns host Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld tonight, as the Absa Premiership returns following a two-week recess because of international football and the weekend’s MTN8 final between Cape Town City and SuperSport United.
Khune is fresh from winning the Absa Premiership Player of the Month for August/September, and will be looking to deny the likes of Percy Tau, Themba Zwane, Khama Billiat and Sibusiso Vilakazi.
Kekana’s long-range efforts will also keep Khune busy, if the midfielder is given room to take shots from where he is usually dangerous.
“Khune is a quality goalkeeper. We know what he offers, so we will want to prove that we can score against the best goalkeeper in South Africa,” he tells KickOff.com ahead of the big clash.
"If we defend well, we stand a chance of winning. It’s a big game. I will be playing my 200th game for Sundowns, so I hope we can get a win. When we play against them, the games they have played do not count," adds Kekana, as he stressed the importance of not underestimating Chiefs.
Kekana says the break they’ve had has given Sundowns sufficient time to prepare for the encounter against Chiefs.
"The break came at the right time for us. We had time to prepare for this game. I think we are ready and we are recharged,” he says.
Sundowns are yet to win at home this season, but they believe that first victory in their backyard can come against a giant in Chiefs.
Downs are in fifth place while Chiefs are a spot below them on the standings, with both sides on nine points.
Chiefs, though, have played three more matches than Sundowns, who have to play catch up because of their participation in the CAF Champions League, where they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Moroccan outfit Wydad Casablanca.