Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
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22 Sep 2016
4:59 pm

Ekstein promises improved performances

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Hendrick ‘Pule’ Ekstein wants to fulfil his potential and leave a legacy at Kaizer Chiefs.

The 24-year-old was hailed as the next best thing when he signed for Amakhosi a few seasons ago, but he struggled to break into the starting line-up until this season.

Things have changed for him and he is now one of the regular players for Steve Komphela’s team.

“I have improved a little although I still lose a lot of balls, but I am working on that. I am here at training now to work on that,” he said at Chiefs’ base camp in Naturena.

“As a midfielder my job is to create scoring chances for the strikers,” he added. “I want to contribute to the team so that when I am retired I can count the things I did for this team. Age is nothing to me, Yeye (Reneilwe Letsholonyane) came to Chiefs at around 24/25.”

Commenting on Amakhosi’s first win of the season, the 1-0 win over Highlands Park on Wednesday night, Ekstein said: “I am really happy that we won, it’s been long overdue. We have been creating goal scoring chances but missing them,” he said.

He blamed the team’s lack of results on Lady Luck turning her back on them.

“Maybe we lacked luck… we lacked luck. But I think we have our luck back now.”