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Tau and Manyama excite Bafana Bafana captain Khune

3:00 am AEDT 24/3/17
Itumeleng Khune
The two attackers have been a marvel to watch this season, and Khune is pleased with their inclusion to the Bafana squad

Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune says he's already looking forward to spraying passes to Percy Tau and Lebogang Manyama in attack.

The 29-year-old revealed that he's familiar with all his teammates in the camp, and has identified their weaknesses and strengths. 

“As a professional player you have to study your opponents. And I do that in the PSL,” Khune told reporters.

“I’ve seen all the new players strengths. And we’ve spoken about it on the first day of camp. Even Kermit yesterday (in Wednesday’s 1-0 practice match win against Lamontville Golden Arrows) made a great run where unfortunately he could not get the ball to where he wanted it to go,” Khune said.

“But my intention was just to play the ball behind the defence. I’ve played with Kermit before, I’ve played with Manyama before, and it’s my first time playing with Percy. I’ve studied him a lot playing for Sundowns. He’s a very pacey player, but he’s not the kind of player who you can play the ball to his feet,” Khune continued.

The counter-attacking style can be of great benefit to Bafana as they can use their pacey forwards to hurt Guinea-Bissau on Saturday.

“With the counter-attacks we can always play the ball behind the defence. So I’ve studied all the players, and we have a great understanding,” Khune said.

Khune is of the opinion that the squad named by interim Bafana coach Owen Da Gama might be one of the most exciting in his international career.

“I’ve been part of exciting squads before. With some past squads, we’ve had our own citizens complaining about the selections,” he said

“But when this squad was announced, everyone was positive and happy about it. Even me, it gave me goosebumps to be part of this squad that everybody wants to be a part of... that everybody believes in,” Khune added.