Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
1 minute read
26 Sep 2019
12:03 pm

Chiefs’ Baccus unconvinced by local football

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Kaizer Chiefs’ new midfielder, Kearyn Baccus says local teams are lagging behind when compared to Australia where he had been playing before being poached by Amakhosi. Baccus joined Amakhosi from Ausie side Melbourne City in June and has made a solid start to his career at Naturena.

DURAN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Kearyn Baccus of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between AmaZulu FC and Kaizer Chiefs at King Zwelithini Stadium on September 24, 2019 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)

He already has a goal and a Man-of-the-Match medal to his name in his first two months in the Premiership.

“It’s been good so far. I am happy that I am here and I happy to be helping the team. I want to win something this season.

“It’s okay I guess, I still have a lot more to give. It has taken a while to get used to football here because it is different from Australia. But so far so good, and I am happy,” said the player who was born in Durban but grew up in Australia.

Baccus said the direct football played by the smaller teams in the league has made it difficult for him to adapt.

“The football in Australia is not as direct as it is here. In Australia we looked to play a lot more. Adapting is taking a little while.

“The league here is very tough. So far I have seen four teams who are really, really good. The rest are good but football-wise they are not as good as Australian teams. Here you get (Mamelodi) Sundowns, (Orlando) Pirates and SuperSport (United) who play good football but the rest are kind of not that good. I am going to have to get used to that compared to Australia because everyone over there tries to play, even the bottom teams build up from the back.

“Here the likes of Polokwane and highlands Park and the other not so big teams play direct which is not easy to get used to,” he added.

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