Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates Khama Billiat of Kaizer Chiefs goal during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 football match between Cape Town City FC and Kaizer Chiefs at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, 15 September 2018 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Friday Oct 26, 2018. 15:00
Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune has brushed aside comments made by Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena as 'mind games'.
Mokwena got tongues wagging this week following a fiery press conference in which among other things he insinuated that the Amakhosi lost a superior tactician in Steve Komphela.
Komphela vacated his position last season following a string of poor results and following a long search for his replacement, former Free State Stars head coach Giovanni Solinas was roped in to take over the reins at Naturena.
Khune, though, stated that he didn't pay much attention to Mokwena's utterances as the Glamour Boys aim to end their winless run in the Soweto Derby at FNB Stadium this weekend.
The Buccaneers are unbeaten in the last seven league fixtures between the two rivals and beat Chiefs 3-1 in the most recent encounter.
“To be quite honest, I read what coach Rhulani said but I didn’t pay too much attention into it,” said Khune.
“I respect him as a human being and I respect him as a coach, but we are focusing on ourselves. We are focusing on our camp and we won’t let anything from outside come in and disrupt us.
“So, we respect his comments, but we will just focus on our camp and prepare for the Derby. It would be unfair for me to compare coaches because every coach has his own strategies and different philosophies.
"I’ve worked with so many coaches and I was able to adjust and do what I was asked to do. I think it’s definitely mind games, so we won’t let it distract us!”