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Phakaaathi Digital Administrator
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18 Jan 2016
2:44 pm

Keene impressed with PSL players

Thembinkosi Sekgaphane

Bidvest Wits striker James Keene has cited the quality of football in South Africa and his time at Kaizer Chiefs as some of the reasons he signed for the Clever Boys.

James Keene during the Absa Premiership match between Bidvest Wits and MP Black Aces at Bidvest Stadium on January 15, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Keene was in the country last season training with Chiefs and had a chance to experience what the league had to offer.

“I enjoyed being in South Africa, the quality of football and the quality of the players. Some of the things that players can do with the ball here you don’t get to see in Europe,” said Keene.

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Keene weigh on local footballers moving abroad using his move from Portsmouth FC, a team he represented for eight years before moving to Boston United on loan and later transferring to Sweden.

He feels a move to a different league helps in the growth of a player, cementing the common phrase on experience being the best teacher.

“I could have stayed in Sweden playing for the same team my whole career but I wanted to try different thinks, I have grown a lot as a player.”

The former IF Elfsborg man has played for 13 teams in England and Sweden in his professional career stretching as far back as 2004.