DURBAN – Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Keagan Buchanan doesn’t hold any grudges against Steve Komphela. Buchanan is now with Maritzburg United having left Chiefs where he hardly got game time under Komphela.
Buchanan appeared for the first time in this past weekend for The Team of Choice as they succumbed 1-0 to Lamontville Golden Arrows in the quarterfinal of the KwaZulu-Natal Premier’s Cup at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu.
“I have nothing against Komphela. I have a lot of respect for him.Maybe I didn’t fit in his style of play. You have to respect the coach’s decision.”
He is hoping to revive his career at Maritzburg: “I’ve grown strong mentally. I’ve seen the other side of football. I feel I can bring my experience to my new team.
I’m trying to get back to my best. I’m also trying to understand the coach expects from me. It was great to play the whole 90 minutes. My normal game will come,” he added.
Buchanan will want to draw some inspiration from his captain Siyanda Xulu who also joined for Maritzburg after struggling to command a regular starting berth at Chiefs.
Xulu made a significant impact in the Midlands outfit’s season and walked way with the Defender of Season gong at the PSL awards last season.
“Definitely, I have spoken to Siyanda but I have to work hard to get in to the starting eleven. The coaches are monitoring my fitness and I will work on my confidence. When the coach feels I’m ready to play I will do my best.
“If I want it more like Siyanda wanted it means I can do the same thing,” Buchanan explained.
Buchanan showed signs of his best against Arrows as he produced some telling passes.
“I want to help the team achieve (goals). I want to get my career back on track.”