Itumeleng Khune believes that communication will be key in tonight’s clash against Central African Republic, as the two nations meet in the 2014 World Cup qualifier at the Cape Town Stadium
Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune has told the Safa website that it doesn't make any difference to him playing behind new Bafana defence, with Siyabonga Sangweni, Sboniso Gaxa, Bongani Khumalo and Tsepo Masilela all not in the squad.
Khune emphasized on the importance of communication and believes that the current crop of defenders have done well for themselves since joining the camp on Monday morning.
"Communication will be key in tonight’s (Saturday) match, whether we play with a different defence or not we have to have good communication to ensure we do well against CAR," said Khune
"The players that are here have been under the watchful eye of the coach and have been training with us the whole week. They have fitted in like a glove so I am confident that whoever gets the nod will be able to deliver because they know what is expected of them. I see us doing the best for the country," said Khune.
The 25-year-old stopper knows what to expect from Central African Republic and what his role as a last line of defence would be tonight.
"They are good on the ball, play counter attacks, have a speedy striker. They like playing the balls to him behind the defence so I have to be alert and anticipate all the time to kill off the threat they might pose to us," he said.
Khune also revealed that they will look to expose Central African Republic at the back because they have realized that they lack speed and pace.
However, he has warned his teammates not to take CAR for granted as they have a very good squad that defeated Egypt at home.
"Defensively they are very slow and we have to capitalize on that and get as many goals as we can. We shouldn’t take them for granted though as they travelled to Egypt and defeated the Pharaohs. That shows they are capable of anything," added Khune.