Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has admitted that the captain’s armband comes with huge responsibilities, following Gordon Igesund’s announcement that the Chiefs stopper will lead the national team against the Central African Republic on Saturday night.
Khune has vowed to utilize the knowledge and experience he has gained from former Bafana captains that he has worked with at national level.
“It’s a huge responsibility for me, but I have worked with so many captains in the Bafana team before and I have learnt a lot from them. I will just have to go out there and play my normal game,” said Khune after Chiefs 2-0 win over Polokwane City on Saturday night.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper is amongst the senior players in the Bafana squad with more than 50 caps, assured the nation that he will do well as a captain having led Bafana to a 3-0 win over Malawi back in 2008.
“There is nothing new because I have captained Bafana before, in a friendly against Malawi and we won 3-0. I think I’ll just take the same confidence into Saturday’s game,” he said.
The new Bafana captain urged the nation to rally behind the team against Central African Republic, as they need all three points to bring back any hopes of qualifying for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.
“We just have to do it for the country and we urge them to come in numbers and support us. It’s a crucial game. We need a win, and if we can get a win then we will get on top of the group stages,” added Khune.