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Thu Apr 24 16:16:47 SAST 2014

Khune apologises to supporters

TEAMtalk Media | 07 August, 2012 11:131 Comments
MTN 8 Quarter Final: Sundowns v Chiefs in Pretoria
Itumeleng Khune looks dejected during the MTN 8 quarter final match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs from Loftus Versfeld on August 05, 2012 in Pretoria
Image by: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images

Itumeleng Khune has issued an apology to Kaizer Chiefs fans for the manner of their 4-1 humbling at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8 quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon.

The Brazilians put four past Amakhosi with goals from Thamsanqa Sangweni, Tebogo Langerman, Lebohang Mokoena and Edward Manqele in a frenetic first half that stunned the Chiefs faithful.

Reneilwe Letsholonyane grabbed a late consolation for Chiefs, although Josta Dladla missed a penalty.

Chiefs had hoped to at least match last season's run in the competition, the Soweto giants having lost 1-0 to rivals Orlando Pirates in the final.

But following the weekend's disappointment, Khune has admitted he and his team-mates felt humiliated by the outcome.

"The players are as humiliated as the fans by this result. I totally understand the frustration of the fans and would like to apologise to the fans that have been through thick and thin with this team," the Amakhosi skipper told the club's official website.

"Things did not go our way against Sundowns but it is not the end of the world for us. We have a long season ahead of us. We are disappointed by the result but we know for sure that we can bounce back from this type of defeat.

"The opening stages of the game were a bit of a nightmare for us. We looked like we had switched off a little bit. We lost all the balls in the air. We let ourselves down but we have to bounce back as the team.

"We have a good technical team and a great squad of both experienced and young players. We know exactly what is expected from us. We need to redeem ourselves with a win against AmaZulu."

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Aug 10, 2012
This is what Khune said, "Things did not go our way against Sundowns but it is not the end of the world for us. We have a long season ahead of us". xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

This is not the first time we hear a statement like this, last season too was the same. When Chiefs lost to lower ranking clubs, it was the same, and we were told that the season ahead was still long, but at the end of the season Kaizer Chiefs still had nothing. It will be the same again this season. This team is going down and Kaizer must shoulder the blame. It's high time we forget about the coach and direct our anger at Kaizer himself. I don't think it is the coach who give instructions to Kaizer as to which player must leave and which one must be signed. A coach can only recommend to Kaizer that he think certain players should leave, but it is Kaizer's word that is final in these matters. For example, when Chiefs decided to offload Mthokozisi "diski 99" Yende, it was Kaizer's decision, the same Kaizer saw it fit to replace that young talented boy by signing a finished player like Siyabonga Nkosi, what the hell was he thinking, at the same time, he offloaded Tenashe Nengomashe which left Kaizer Chiefs extremely exposed in the middle, what was this old man thinking? If you can review the game we lost against Sundowns, you will realise that Sundowns midfielders were doing as they like in middle of the park, where Nengomashe used to operate, yet this man who has played football at the highest level still don't have a clue what his team need. Yes i commend him for strengthening the Chiefs back line, but it becomes useless because he dismantled the midfield which has put Chiefs back line under immense pressure. Again Chiefs still need to sign a midfield destroyer and a play maker, so that Chabalala can play his natural left position. If Mr Motaung can fail to realise this, Kaizer Chiefs will again become a loughing stock this season. I have never played football in my entire life, just like Mr Irvin Khoza is, but i can still see a wrong decision when it has been made. This time, mr Motaung is killing his own team by trying to adress a problem by causing another problem.