Kaizer Chiefs skipper Itumeleng Khune backs new coach Giovanni Solinas

The Amakhosi skipper is hungry to bring back the glory days at Naturena

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune is admant that the players will fight to win trophies ahead of the upcoming season.

Khune was speaking after the Maize Cup pre-season tournament, where they beat Buya Msuthu and Free State Stars to lift the trophy in the North West province.

Chiefs endured three trophy barren seasons under former coach Steve Komphela, who has since joined Bloemfontein Celtic.

However, the club announced his successor in ex-Ea Lla Koto boss Giovanni Solinas, who will be tasked with leading the club back to the glory days.

The Naturena-based side last lifted a trophy under former coach Stuart Baxter, winning two Premier Soccer League (PSL) titles, the MTN8 Cup and the Nedbank Cup.

“It’s important that we get results to move away from what happened in the last three seasons,” Khune told IOL.

“We have to play entertaining football and we have to go back to winning trophies. That’s our culture and we as players told ourselves that we don’t want to be remembered as the generation that won trophies and broke records for not winning trophies,” he added.

“We’ve tasted many victories and we won trophies under coach Stuart Baxter. He left and we were struggling under coach Steve because a lot of us couldn’t adjust to what he wanted from us as players,” continued the Bafana keeper.

Just like his predecessor, the Italian coach does not boast a career filled with much success, but Khune has backed the 50-year-old to succeed.

“He is a very good coach. He came in and was introduced to us (on Friday night) and he told us his philosophy and how he wants us to play, on and off the ball,” Khune continued.

“We will respect it, adjust to it and we will do what he says we must do as players. All we want is results and to turn things around,” responded the 31-year-old.

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“But with the new coach, coach Solinas, hopefully things will turn around,” reacted the net minder.

“We have been under pressure for the last three seasons. We are all aware of that, that we have to change the situation we find ourselves in. We’re looking forward to the season ahead,” asserted the skipper.

“It is our responsibility as senior players to help the young ones to also adapt. We just have to go to the season, face the challenge, get results and win trophies,” he concluded.