Keene Confirms SuperSport Switch, Explains What Went Wrong At Wits
James Keene Has Spoken About Leaving Wits For SupeSport
James Keene has confirmed that he’s making the move across Gauteng from Bidvest Wits to SuperSport United, suggesting that over-rotation was the Clever Boys’ downfall this season.
Keene, who scored 17 goals in 30 starts for Wits since joining in 2016, has penned a one-year deal with Matsatsantsa with a one-year option and will begin life in Tshwane in July after signing a pre-contract there.
While SuperSport are currently without a head coach, the English striker is confident that they can push for silverware again after avoiding the drop on the last day of the Absa Premiership.
Speaking to the Siya crew about his move, the 32-year-old said, “Obviously it’s a big club with a big history, and they’re a well-run club that is very organised. I spoke to Stan, and I know a lot of the boys there and they’re all happy. It’s an exciting time there because there’s a new coach coming in, and I think that now we will be fully focused on the league because there will be (fewer) games to play.
“I think the club really has potential to go and challenge for the title, and it’s nice to be a part of something new.”
Meanwhile, when asked about the issues that cause Wits’ fall from grace this season, from league champions to relegation scrappers, the former Portsmouth man said, “I was in and out, and I think everybody was. I don’t think anyone had the chance to find form. You play one or two games and you’re out of the squad, and it was very hard for anyone to find any form or create combinations with the guys that you were playing with. It made it very difficult.
“At the start of the season, we’d just won the league. We have amazing players, experienced guys like Daine Klate and Tyson – who’s a fantastic captain – and younger players like Phumlani Ntshangase and Ben Motshwari, brilliant boys but everybody was in and out. Nobody really knew what was happening.
You win the league with that team and then all of a sudden new guys come in and from day one they play. The players who won the league are then sat there thinking, ‘Ok, we won the league, why are we not playing or even in the squad?’ That made it hard for everyone, but the dressing room was still amazing. We were always united and I’ve made a lot of good friends during my time there.”
But the forward is happy to have spent time in Braamfontein and says that he will always have fond memories after helping the club lift the MTN8, Telkom Knockout and league title during his time.
He concluded by saying, “I don’t have a bad word to say about the club, I was treated very well and all my memories are fond. I need to thank Gavin and the technical team, as well everybody from Jack the kit man, through to the kitchen staff and the people in the office, it really is a very good club and I enjoyed myself there. I had a fantastic two-and-a-half years there, but I just felt like it was the right time for a move.”
Keene finished as Wits’ top scorer this season with seven goals from 23 appearances, but was given just 11 starts.