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Keene Confirms SuperSport Switch, Explains What Went Wrong At Wits

James Keene Has Spoken About Leaving Wits For SupeSport

By Soccer Laduma - May 16, 2018 10:04 AM

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. 

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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.  

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“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. 


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Kgwara Joined: 17 Sep 2011
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Kgwara Jul 23, 2018 04:24 PM
We don't have a coach here
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RyanPule May 16, 2018 01:35 PM
@Die Wolf because Gamal did what ??? Fell out with the club and had to leave ?? And not scores 1 goal in Finland!! Sounds great haha
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AbdulSSU May 16, 2018 12:40 PM
Welcome home boy you are the only striker we have in PSL
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Die Wolf May 16, 2018 12:00 PM
Supersport should have gone for Gamal but its their decision
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RyanPule May 16, 2018 11:17 AM
@siyaz injuries only one ? And had been fit the whole season pluse scores when ever he has played.
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Fanaticalism May 16, 2018 11:02 AM
Evidence that signing ''quality'' players does not guarantee success but can kill the team...So Steve was on position 4 while Gavin Hunt and Tinkler were fighting relegation but NO articles about them FAILING in Lieduma...This paper targets black coaches.
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siyaz May 16, 2018 10:54 AM
Good player but he is injury prone. I think signing him at his age is not wise, unless they want him to relieve Rusike some stress of being seen as the only source of goals. Still better to have him than Nkhatha though
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chaledi May 16, 2018 10:51 AM
I have never seen a stupid coach like this,except for Mr Eat some more
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RyanPule May 16, 2018 10:51 AM
This guy is good. Wits will miss him
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mbheduyajika May 16, 2018 10:50 AM
A true gentleman. Only has positives about former employers. He is going to do well at United. I hope our young local guys are learning. This man speaks well.
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Schakos May 16, 2018 10:37 AM
Keene will do well at Supersport
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Schakos May 16, 2018 10:36 AM
You dont tamper with the winning combination
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kzorog May 16, 2018 10:36 AM
Rejects fc
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kbymkweza May 16, 2018 10:24 AM
Gavin was the problem. He thought he knows it all
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sine jakavula May 16, 2018 10:23 AM
good acquisition . Good brokie replacement. Welcome Sir. Keen + Rusike , i see goals.
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chiefs is useless May 16, 2018 10:22 AM
But he must not play against pirates in the Top 8 It's still early maan he must take his time to adjust to life in Pretoria first
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chiefs is useless May 16, 2018 10:21 AM
Great signing by SSU
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phine k May 16, 2018 10:19 AM
keene is a good striker
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JAWS OF LIFE May 16, 2018 10:16 AM
Welc0me t0 Matsatsantsa familly Mr Keen,I kn0w that y0u are n0t just a player y0u are a g0alsc0rer and u will sc0re th0se g0als.

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