Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates during the Absa Premiership 2014/15 match between Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu
Saturday Jul 29, 2017. 12:00
The Soweto Derby is as important as ever for Kaizer Chiefs stalwart Itumeleng Khune ahead of the 2017 Carling Black Label Cup.
Khune, 30, has started between the sticks on many an occasion against rivals Orlando Pirates - but his desire to beat the Buccaneers has never faded.
The Bafana Bafana shot-stopper is hopeful that the Amakhosi will get one of their rivals at FNB Stadium on Saturday with pride on the line for both teams.
“This game is important for us because every time we play Pirates there is pride at stake,” Khune said.
"Our fans want a win. It is very important for us as a team and players to deliver on the day because that is what our fans expect and that is what we also want as a team.
"We want to see how far we are with preparations ahead of the new season."
Pre-season game or not, the Soweto Derby is always a highly anticipated showdown and Khune is under no illusion of the match's importance.
Steve Komphela's men finished last season without silverware and 10 points behind Absa Premiership champions Bidvest Wits on the final log standings, and will be desperate to change things around in the new season.
"This is a very important match for us in which we have to perform so that we make the starting 11 during the course of the season.
"We have been training on a lot of finishing so it is very important we wrap the game in 90 minutes," Khune concluded.