Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune says the system the Soweto giants use is not defensive.
Amakhosi play with three central defenders who are protected by anchorman Willard Katsande, while there are two wingbacks. These wingbacks, usually Joseph Molangoane and Philani Zulu, get forward often but add to the numbers at the back when the team has to defend.
This formation has not always been favoured by supporters, especially those on social media who keep asking why coach Steve Komphela is playing so many defensive players.
“People always say we play seven at the back. But we don’t play seven, we play with three and we have consolidating players. Most of the teams are playing the same formation we are playing and it has been working for us. We just have to keep going,” says Khune, who has kept 11 clean sheets this season, the most by any goalkeeper in the PSL.
“Clean sheets are a good morale booster for me as an individual and for the whole team, so we just have to keep pushing to keep more clean sheets,” the Bafana Bafana shot-stopper adds.
Khune was delighted to see leaders Mamelodi Sundowns dropping points on Wednesday, as they drew 1-1 with a stubborn Free State Stars side. Second-placed Amakhosi are five points behind the Brazilians, but they won’t put all their focus in what Sundowns are doing.
They know that they just need to keep on winning to keep themselves in the hunt for their first title under Komphela.
“Teams won’t make it easy for us, but we just have to focus on what we want to achieve at the end of the season. It’s not going to be easy. We just have to perform the way we have been performing and get the results,” says Khune.
“We can’t afford to drop the ball. We need to make sure we focus on us. There’s a five-point difference, so we need to keep pushing so that we reduce it to one point or we even go over Sundowns.”