Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
1 minute read
6 Oct 2016
9:58 am

Buchanan looking forward to Celtic clash

Sibongiseni Gumbi

New Kaizer Chiefs signing, Keagan Buchanan, is looking forward to going back to Bloemfontein on Sunday where he is likely to be in the starting line-up when Amakhosi take on Bloemfontein Celtic in the Spartan Macufe Cup.

Buchanan is yet to kick a ball in an official match for Amakhosi as he was carrying an injury when he joined the Naturena-based club in June.

“I am lucky to have had the support of my family and the Chiefs family that got me through my injury. I am obviously very excited to play for the team, to finally get to wear the jersey,” said the former Celtic man.

“The game, even though it’s a friendly, is a good platform for me to see where I am at in terms of confidence and get some minutes (of play) on the legs.

“It’s special to go back there. I don’t know how the other fans will react, but I left on good terms. There are millions of Chiefs supporters who are also waiting to see what I can do.”

The 24-year-old Cape Town-born midfielder said he is aware of the expectations he faces especially after being handed the famous No 10 jersey at Amakhosi.

“I always just do my best to help the team win and do that within the coach’s plan and in the team set-up. The coach knows my strengths … I like to think I have playmaking abilities, making the team play,” he said.

Amakhosi started their season on the wrong foot, but things changed over the last three matches as Steve Komphela’s team registered back-to-back wins which saw them climb to the top of the Absa Premiership standings. The Macufe Cup will help keep the momentum going.

Komphela is expected to give some of the players who have not seen much game time thus far a chance. Buchanan, Edmore Chirambandare, Brilliant Khuzwayo and Daniel Cardoso are some of the names who could feature.

The match at Mangaung Stadium is set for a 3pm kick-off.