Kaizer Chiefs defender Ivan Bukenya has indicated that the time he spent playing in Iraq toughened him up and taught him how to be strong.
The 23-year-old joined the Amakhosi from Iraqi side Arbil FC in 2013, after spending two seasons with them in the Iraqi Premier League.
Bukenya was brought to Chiefs after impressing former coach, Stuart Baxter, but found game time hard to come by in his first two seasons under the Englishman.
This season, new Amakhosi coach Steve Komphela has afforded him more of a chance to showcase what he is made of and Bukenya has indicated that his time in the Middle East toughened him up and helped prepare him for the subsequent challenges he has faced.
“Considering that I was still young at that time, it (playing in Iraq) taught me how to be strong. But it’s also not as bad as it looks from far. As teams and players, we were well looked after and always safe,” Bukenya told Soccer Laduma.
Bukenya has been played at the heart of defence as well as in defensive midfield for the Amakhosi.
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