Itumeleng Khune: Tongue lashing inspired cup win

Itumeleng Khune: Tongue lashing inspired cup win
Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Jeremy Brockie of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on 27 January 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Feb 12, 2018. 15:00

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has revealed that a tongue lashing dished out by coach Steve Komphela inspired his side’s 3-0 win over Golden Arrows in the Nedbank Cup on Sunday.

After a goalless first half in the last 32 tie at FNB Stadium, the Amakhosi stormed to victory in the second stanza thanks to goals from Ryan Moon, Bernard Parker and Joseph Molangoane.

“It’s great to win and progress to the next stage. It wasn’t easy. I don’t think we played according to our game plan in the first half, we were very poor. The coach gave us a tongue lashing in the dressing room and we came out better in the second half,” Khune told SuperSport TV.

“I think we need to be given a kick always to be reminded of how good we are and how capable we are to get this kind of result.

“We switched off most of the time and were caught on transition. We know Golden Arrows are good, they like sitting and expect us to attack and as soon as they attack they catch us on transition.

“Our game plan was that we need to guard on that but first half we didn’t do that. At halftime we needed to remind each other how important it is as soon as we lose the ball to quickly press before they get their heads up and find other options.

“I’m happy that we got the three goals and a clean sheet. We could have scored more. It’s a story of our lives but we’re happy we’ve progressed into the next stage. Thanks to the Khosi nation.”

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