- Itumeleng Khune said Kaizer Chiefs need to deliver on the expectations placed on the team regardless of when their new coach Giovanni Solinas arrives
- Solinas was announced as the club’s new coach on Friday and have to hit the ground running if he hopes to have any effect on the team in the two-weeks before the PSL season starts
- Khune said the entire team was motivated to return the club to winning ways
Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana star goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune said Kaizer Chiefs players needed to deliver on the expectations placed on them by their supporters and could and would not blame the late arrival of their new coach Giovanni Solinas.
Khune who is expected to keep the captaincy of the team said it was hard to ascertain whether Solinas arriving late in the pre-season would affect the players, but noted that as professionals they needed to put that concern aside and get on with the business of playing and winning.
Solinas was announced as the new head coach of Kaizer Chiefs on Friday. He only has two-weeks remaining of pre-season training before the 2018/19 PSL season starts and will have to hit the ground running if he hopes to impart his own style on the players in that time.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Khune insisted that all the players in the squad were sufficiently professional to implement whatever plan Solinas had for them.
“I cannot really be negative or positive about the situation we find ourselves in, but we just have to take each day as it comes,” said Khune.
He added that most of the players in the squad had experience of playing under different coaches and implementing different plans at short notice. Khune said this happened when a player went from club level to national level.
Kickoff.co.za reported that Khune added that the job of the senior players was to help the younger players adapt and learn.
Khune repeated his earlier statement about the team being motivated to return the club to its former glory and win some trophies. He said the group of players did not want to be remembered as the team who could not win a trophy.
He said the three years without any silverware had come as a brutal shock and wake-up call to the players who had been with the club during its glory days under Stuart Baxter. Khune said it was time to return to those days.
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