Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
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21 May 2016
9:07 am

Khune – It is a bitter pill to swallow

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune admitted that it is a bitter pill to swallow that Mamelodi Sundowns will be the envy of every team as they are officially crowned Absa Premiership champions this afternoon.

Added to Chiefs losing their title to their Tshwane rivals, they finished the season empty handed, a huge shame by the Naturena-based club’s standards.

“It is a bitter pill to swallow … we just have to forget what happened this season and focus on what we want to achieve next season,” said Khune.

Khune said it would be unfair for fans to point fingers at coach, Steve Komphela alone for the team’s failures, and called on his colleagues to take full responsibility.

“We have to take full responsibility for what happened this season. There is no excuse really. We only lost two influential players from last season’s campaign in Mandla Masango and Tefu Mashamaite,” said Bafana Bafana’s long standing No 1 keeper.

Amakhosi played in two Cup finals this season, but history always recognises the winners. But Khune said he believes that was something they can build on for next term.

The 28-year-old Khune had a limited contribution to the team this season due to injuries. He sat in the stands most of the time as departing Reyaad Pieterse and Brilliant Khuzwayo manned the posts for the Glamour Boys.

“Chiefs is not a one-man team … but yes it was a season to forget for me personally because I only featured 14 times and I wish I could have featured more than that,” he said.

“But that was just a minor setback and I believe it was preparing me for a major comeback next season. I am pushing hard on and off the field to stay fit. I hope to avoid the injuries next season so I can contribute more to the team’s success.”

Chiefs wrap-up their season against in-form Chippa United at FNB Stadium this afternoon, and Khune urged Amakhosi faithful to come out and embrace the team during this awkward time.

The game is set for a 3pm kick-off.