Why In-Demand Keet Turned Down The PSL For Belgium…
Darren Keet turned down offers from South Africa in order to sign for OH Leuven in Belgium, and now – as he gets to work at his new club – he has explained why…
Check out Keet's first session and the facilities in Belgium
The 29-year-old shot-stopper didn’t waste any time after returning from international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, penning a contract with the ambitious Proximus League outfit prior to the start of their new season.
While Bidvest Wits had been keen to keep hold of him and Kaizer Chiefs are believed to have tabled an offer, the goalkeeper explained that he needed a new challenge after winning everything there is to win in Mzansi.
Translated from the club’s official website, ‘Popeye’ said, “I have won all the trophies that can be won in my home country... I was looking for a new challenge and I found it at OHL. This club wants to go to the Jupiler Pro League. I want to fight to help achieve that goal.
"I know OHL quite well, because I played against it a few times when the club was still active at the highest level. I remember OHL as a nice club with enthusiastic supporters who push the players forward especially in home games. During my career I have always played in the first division, but I don't care in which series I play football - I play every game to win. And like I said, I want to promote with my new club. "
Keet won the Nedbank Cup in 2009/10, the Absa Premiership and MTN8 in 2016/17, and the Telkom Knockout in 2017/18, while he also scooped the Goalkeeper of the Season award in 2017 for his efforts in Wits’ first ever title win.
Ocean Consulting’s, Shawn Bester, who secured Keet’s move, told the Siya crew, “My relationships built when Darren was last in Belgium enabled us to find an opportunity where Darren’s ambition and OHL ambition’s were a match.
“Once I shared his profile, we had an interview with their management team and coaches and they wanted us to negotiate a deal to have Keet on board for the new season.”
The shot-stopper is unlikely to have his paperwork through on time to play in this weekend’s game, however could make his debut next week against Westerlo in their first away game of the season.