Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
2 minute read
18 Sep 2017
9:47 am

Khune gutted by Wits draw

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was close to tears as he explained how felt to concede a late goal which denied them three points in a 1-1 draw with Bidvest Wits.

Amakhosi – who got their season on track with a 2-0 win over Cape Town City last week – looked on their way to their second win of the new campaign as they led the Students going into the final minutes of the match when the visitors equalised.

A win would have taken Chiefs up four places.

“I’m very disappointed,” said Khune.

The goal was a deja vu moment for Chiefs who had a similar problem of conceding late goals which contributed to their recent barren run last term.

“It happened last season where we gave away goals in the dying minutes.

“We have to learn to stay switched on for the entire match and added time. I just don’t have words to explain this, how we gave away that goal,” said Khune.

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Chiefs played the second half against 10 men as Wits had defender Nazeer Allie was sent off late in the first half.

“We had worked hard to get our goal. We played against ten man and we couldn’t win. We need to look at ourselves and see what we could have done better,” he said.

Chiefs took the lead early in the second half when Siphiwe Tshabalala pounced on Kgotso Moleko’s square pass inside the box. But Egyptian striker Amr Gamal spoilt the occasion as he fired home the equaliser in the referee’s optional time.

Amakhosi coach Steve Komphela, who usually displays a cool demeanor, was uncharacteristically infuriated after match following an altercation with a Wits staffer who could not be identified. Komphela claimed that it was now a second time the same man had insulted him, and he felt disrespected.

Elsewhere, Platinum Stars remain bottom of the table despite securing their first point of the season as they held Chippa United to a goalless draw also on Saturday night.

Baroka FC jumped to second place after a 1-0 win over Free State Stars. Mpho Kgaswane scored for Kgoloko Thobejane’s side with five minutes to go to take them to eight points, equal to Maritzburg United and Orlando Pirates.