Jonty Mark
Football Editor
1 minute read
6 Oct 2016
4:46 pm

It is difficult to play for Kaizer Chiefs – Khumalo

Jonty Mark

Sibusiso Khumalo has admitted that he was tempted to stay indoors, to avoid fans’ criticism during Kaizer Chiefs’ poor start to the Premier Soccer League season.

Khumalo signed for Amakhosi ahead of the new campaign as part of a swap deal with SuperSport United, and has been part of a Chiefs revival of late, ever-present as Steve Komphela’s side have won their past three league games.

“I think we must take it one game at a time, we can’t put pressure on ourselves, to play for Kaizer Chiefs is already pressure,” said Khumalo on Thursday, after Chiefs were drawn at home to Maritzburg United in the last 16 of the Telkom Knockout.

“It is very difficult to play for Chiefs because we didn’t start the season well. When you walk on the street or to the petrol station even the fans treat you like you did something wrong, but it is part of football, you can’t win all the games. Now that we have won three games in a row the fans smile with you. You must just focus and not take things personally.

“You do stay at home (when you are not winning), you are scared to go out because you don’t know who is going to say what.”

Khumalo also admitted that the side “relaxed” after beating Pirates in the Carling Black Label Cup.

“We won the Carling Cup, and everyone was saying, ‘Chiefs will do well this season’ and I think the guys relaxed and then didn’t do well. Now we are starting to win again.”