BY THOLAKELE MNGANGA
Itumleng Khune admits that Kaizer Chiefs’ senior players must lead from the front as the club aims to end a two-year trophy less spell.
Since Steve Komphela’s appointment on June 17 2015, the Glamour Boys have rarely looked like winning silverware.
The closest they’ve come to a trophy is finishing as runners up in both the 2015 MTN8 and Telkom Knockout Finals.
The coach’s record does not make for good reading as he inherited an Absa Premiership winning side when he took over from Stuart Baxter.
With the coach under pressure to deliver silverware this season, Khune knows that the senior players in the side carry most of the burden of having to deliver success.
“Pressure is on us as senior players. For the past four games, me and Shabba (Siphiwe Tshabalala) have shown that we at Kaizer Chiefs deserve to be on top of our game in all the matches we play. There’s no friendly for us. Even in a friendly match, we push and inspire the other guys but not all of us are strong mentally. Not all of us can handle the pressure that comes with playing for Kaizer Chiefs but we try by all means to lead by example.”
The Glamour Boys are back in league action on Saturday night where they will face surprise joint-log Absa Premiership leaders Baroka FC at the Moses Mabhida Stadium at 6 pm.
Chiefs have had an inconsistent start to the season claiming just two wins from their six games played so far and more worryingly, Komphela’s side have picked up just two points from their three league games.
And if they are going to be genuine title contenders, the 50-year-old knows that they need to start collecting three points in front of their home fans.
“We have to win matches at home. One thing that we want to see…I wish we could have the same ambience and atmosphere we get when we play outside. Any other stadium in South Africa, you go to Nelspruit, Durban, wherever…if FNB (Stadium) can be like that, but I know it will happen. The only thing that can bring us up is us winning. It’s a question of chicken and egg, do you win first and they keep coming or they come in and push you to win.”