Suspension leaves Khumalo gutted

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Khumalo will miss the match after collecting a third yellow card in United’s 4-2 victory over Moroka Swallows last weekend.

The suspension comes as a cruel blow to the youngster who has been in such great form in his first PSL season, which has seen him earning several call-ups to the Bafana Bafana side.

“It’s very disappointing to miss a game at such a crucial time of the season, especially when the team is challenging for the title, but at least we have players who can step in and do the job for the team,” Khumalo tells snl24.com/kickoff..

This is not the first time the lanky defender, who has been on the score-sheet a number of times this season, has been sidelined at the worst possible time.

“Last season when I was still at Tuks, I missed the second leg of the Platinum play-offs through suspension. That was also a bitter pill to swallow,” he says.

A poor first half performance against Swallows gave the impression that Matsatsantsa may have been about to stumble at the penultimate hurdle in the championship race.

But a superb second half performance which saw Katlego Mashego netting four times enabled them to place one hand tentatively on the Absa Premiership trophy.

Khumalo believes there are lessons to be learnt from a shaky opening 45 minutes on Saturday night as the team prepares for its final two games this season – against Arrows and then Celtic on Sunday.

“We were too anxious, all we could think of is that we needed to score. We forgot how to create chances and we forgot to play our usual game, and to be patient.

“The win of course gives us momentum going forward, but we won’t be taking anything for granted. The good thing is that the games are coming quickly now, so it doesn’t give the players too much time to contemplate where we stand, which can be to our benefit,” he adds.