Patrick Tignyemb says that the competition he is getting from the other goalkeepers at Bloemfontein Celtic is keeping him on his toes.
Celtic have conceded nine goals in five league games, with the Cameroonian between the sticks in all the encounters, leading some to suggest that he is in a comfort zone and needs stiffer competition within the Siwelele ranks.
Last week the Siya crew reported that coach Clinton Larsen is on the lookout for an experienced goalkeeper as back-up to Tignyemb, who has been with the side since the 2008/09 season.
However, the keeper has emphasised that he is not in a comfort zone and that he has to be at his best to maintain the number one jersey.
The keeper said, “I’m not living in any comfort zone. Celtic have other goalkeepers like Thembalethu Moses, ‘Dauda’ (Bongani Mpandle) and Thato Haraba, so I can’t take things easy and think that this goalkeeping role is all mine. I have to be at my best all the time in order to keep my position as Celtic’s number one goalkeeper."
He went on, “For example, Moses is one of the best goalkeepers in South Africa and he has more experience playing in the PSL than me. He lacked match fitness during the Gauteng Cup and he came up against a good team in Kaizer Chiefs and they were able to exploit that.
“Look, I’m a goalkeeper, so I know what I’m talking about. I have seen Moses playing for teams like Santos and even here at training he always look the part.
The 27-year-old concluded, “As for Mpandle and Haraba, they might be young in terms of age, but they are very good keepers. If they were not that good, they wouldn’t have been signed by Celtic. These three goalkeepers are always pushing me to always be at my best.”
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