Itumeleng Khune explains Kaizer Chiefs pitfalls under Steve Komphela
Posted: 16 July 2018 Time: 09:00
Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune has explained what led to the team struggling under former coach Steve Komphela, and is optimistic of a turnaround under their new mentor.
Chiefs last week welcomed a new coach in Giovanni Solinas as a replacement for Komphela, who departed the club in April after three barren seasons and has since joined Bloemfontein Celtic.
The former Bafana Bafana caretaker coach endured a turbulent reign at Amakhosi, managing some impressive victories but mostly coming under fire from the club’s supporters for his playing philosophy as well as his failure to deliver silverware.
While some players often came to his defence in the media, Khune has since lifted the lid on how the players struggled to adjust to Komphela’s methods, and hopes to restore their pride of winning trophies under the tutelage of their new Italian coach.
“It’s important that we just get results; we have to play entertaining football and we have to go back to winning trophies. I mean, that’s our culture,” said Khune.
“We as players told ourselves that we don’t want to be remembered as the generation that won trophies and also the generation that broke records of not winning trophies.
“We’ve tasted victory, having won trophies under coach Stuart Baxter. He left and we were struggling a bit under coach Steve, because a lot of us couldn’t adjust to what he wanted from us as players. But with the new coach, Solinas, hopefully things will turn around.”