Keegan Ritchie admits Tsepo Masilela struggle
Posted: 30 November 2015 Time: 13:58
Kaizer Chiefs left-back Keegan Richie has admitted that he is finding it difficult to take Tsepo Masilela's position at the club.
The veteran Masilela has made that left-back position his own at Amakhosi and Ritchie, who rejoined the club from Bloemfontein Celtic at the beginning of the season, has found it difficult to take him out.
He has only made two appearances for Amakhosi this season, once in the League and the other in the Telkom Knockout after Masilela was injured.
“Yes I'm not getting as much game-time than I was at Celtic, but it is part of the game. Tsepo is my competition and I have to work hard to try and replace him,” Ritchie says.
“It is difficult to take him out, I mean he is a good player. He's got a lot of experience. He played in one of the biggest leagues in Europe, so I mean it is difficult but I'm working hard at my game every day.”
The 25-year-old defender insists he is happy at the club despite not seeing enough game-time and says that he won't request a loan move in January.
“The coach [Steve Komphela] always compliments me saying that I am a good player and I'm doing well. And I must just keep on working hard and my chance will come,” he says.
“Tsepo like I said, he is a good player and it is difficult to take his spot. But with hard work I can do it and with Steve giving that motivation, I appreciate that.
“Chiefs is my home, I will stay here and work hard as long as I can. The only way I can see myself leaving the team is when they let me go, otherwise I'm happy.”