Khune: Pirates can hold heads high

Itumuleng Khune says Orlando Pirates have done the country proud against Al Ahly.

Bafana skipper and Kaizer Chiefs goakeeper Itumuleng Khune says Orlando Pirates have done the country proud in their performance against Al Ahly. Picture: Itumeleng Khune Official Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana skipper Itumeleng Khune says local teams can learn lessons from Orlando Pirates's performance against Al Ahly in the final of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League in Cairo.

"They must hold their heads high because they have done the country proud. They mustn't lose confidence. We are very happy they managed to go all the way to the final."

The Egyptian giants beat Pirates 2-0 on Sunday night.

Khune said the Buccaneers should be proud that they showed the world the calibre of South African football.

"I think it was a great platform for Pirates to go all the way to the final. They have shown what South African football is like and they have sent a clear message to the rest of the continent and to the rest of the players they will be competing against next season."


On the upcoming fixture against world giant Spain, Khune said he thinks Bafana can win the game on 19 November.

"I think if we can approach the game in a positive way, we can give a Spain a good run for their money."

Khune said after playing Bafana in 2009, Spain knows what the team is capable of.

"In 2009, we played Spain twice in the Confederations Cup. They knew we were breathing down their necks and gave them a tough game. They are coming back now and know what we are capable of."

He said although Spain is the world's best team, playing at home will give the team an advantage.

"We will be hearing those vuvuzelas playing in the stands. We will know we are carrying the hopes of the nation and will go out there and give it our best."


Khune, who also plays for Kaizer Chiefs, said his team needs to focus on improving their game.

"Sitting at number six on the log is unfamiliar territory for us and I think we just need to forget about what happened last season. We need to move on with life, accept new challenges and just give it our all and be in a respectable position like we were last season."

He said Chief's 2-1 victory over Wits in their premiership encounter on Saturday was a tough victory.

"We managed to bounce back, show character and good team spirit. That combination got us the winning goal."

Khune said despite the win, the team still isn't satisfied because their performance this season has disappointed fans.

"We put ourselves in this situation and we have to get ourselves out of it. We aren't giving our supporters what they deserve, which is a good performance and a good win."

Khune commented that Sundowns were doing very well this season.

"They started the way we started last season. This is a different squad with a different coach who is more experienced. I think they can go all the way."

Khune added Chiefs have what it takes to make a comeback.

"I think we have got what it takes to bounce back in the second round of the season."