Pieterse: Why I Left Chiefs
SuperSport United signing, Reyaad Pieterse, says that he did not leave Kaizer Chiefs because of Itumeleng Khune, but feels three top goalkeepers is too much.
The 24-year-old shot-stopper enjoyed more game time over the past 18 months due to injuries to the club’s number one, however, often found himself sidelined as soon as Khune was fit to play again.
Speaking in the latest issue of Soccer Laduma, Pieterse says that he did feel like he was battling to play at Naturena, and that having himself, Khune and Brilliant Khuzwayo available was too much.
Pieterse said, “I just felt that things were not working out the way I wanted them to. After I played or had a good game or whatever, I’d be taken out to the side, but I just wanted more consistency for myself.
“I just wanted to be guaranteed, to say that, 'You know what? You’ve done well and here I’m rewarding you with game time.' That’s all I wanted, but it just didn’t work out like that.”
When asked whether he was leaving because of Khune’s standing within the club, Pieterse replied, “I enjoy competition and I didn’t leave because of Itumeleng Khune. As a team, you can’t have three top goalkeepers. Two goalkeepers maximum is what you need because when one is injured you at least have a back-up. For me, having three top goalkeepers at once is just not enough balance because someone is going to play, another one is going to sit on the bench and the other one is just being wasted.”
See Pieterse’ full interview with Lunga Adam in this week’s issue of Soccer Laduma.