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"Credit must go to all the players"-Said Khune

Man of the Match Itumeleng Khune admitted Black Aces came close to equalising after he produced several saves to keep them out to ensure a 1-0 win.

Kaizer Chiefs needed their number one goalkeeper to be on top form to deny AmaZayoni three times in quick succession late in the second half, and then again right at the death to preserve the clean sheet and three points.

“Credit must go to all the players, I think playing at home we are always under pressure to deliver and keep a clean sheet and I think we all deserve man of the match because we all fought until the end,” Khune said upon receiving his award.

“Even on our bench you could see the passion, the support they were giving to the rest of the guys on the field so we’re one big happy family and I dedicate this man of the match to them and the supporters too.

“We had them [Aces] in the first half, we created so many opportunities which we couldn’t convert and Aces almost had us in the second half because we just decided to stay back and contain them but they kept coming.

“They’ve got two good playmakers in [Thanduyise] Khuboni and [Mpho] Matsi, they were the ones connecting with the strikers, the likes of [Collins] Mbesuma, and with his body he could turn with our defenders but we managed to stand firm and a clean sheet shows a lot, that we want to keep more going forward.”

Khune was pleased with the result and the clean sheet ahead of the Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

“We needed to take care of this game first, our focus was here, so now we can start preparing for Saturday,” he added.

“It’s a big one, the country is coming to a standstill, everyone will be watching, so we cannot afford to disappoint. It will be our home game again so hopefully things will go our away and we’ll collect another three points and clean sheet.”
Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

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