Khune talks up Zimbabwe

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Bafana lost 2-1 to the Warriors, with goals coming from Knowledge Musona, Cuthbert Malajila and a late, late consolation goal from Bernard Parker.

Igesund made 10 changes to the side that beat Botswana 4-1, with all international and Orlando Pirates players being released, apart from Darren Keet, who made his debut, and Kermit Erasmus, who came on in the second half.

Khune, who was benched to give Keet the opportunity to taste international football at last after a number of call-ups, told Redi Tlhabi on Cape Talk/702 that last night’s match should not be taken as a reflection of Bafana’s current standing.

“If the crop of these players can be together until the 2018 World Cup I think we will do better than we have done in the past,” Khune said.

“We could have done better but things didn’t go our way because we didn’t spend enough time together. The coach couldn’t do what he wanted to do and he couldn’t get what he wanted to get out of us as players.

“If the coach had a week or two working with the team from yesterday you could have seen a different Bafana with a different result.”

Khune also pointed out that Zimbabwe are currently a force to be reckoned with, with big-name PSL players such as Malajila, Musona and Khama Billiat, who showed their class at Orlando Stadium.

“We can’t think that ‘Zimbabwe, it’s just Zimbabwe’ – people still have that perception ... they don’t think, how many players do they have in our country, playing for big clubs?” Khune says.

“If we had brought our European players to come and take part in last night’s game I think we could have seen a different ball-game. Because they brought their most experienced players who are playing at a higher League in the PSL.”