Reyaad Pieterse aware of threat of losing number one goalkeeping spot
Posted: 21 January 2016 Time: 19:08
Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse believes the competition in the club’s goalkeeping department has always been fair despite most of his game time coming only while Itumeleng Khune has been injured.
Pieterse has been the beneficiary of Khune’s latest injury struggles, having started Amakhosi’s last three games after taking over from Brilliant Khuzwayo, who had also kept goals in the first three games after ‘Itu’ sustained a knee injury.
However, the former Nike Chance graduate feels the opportunities handed to each of the goalkeepers have been fair, and is mindful of the threat his colleagues pose should he fail to perform.
“I feel it has always been fair,” Pieterse says in reference to the competition between the three goalkeepers.
“I say so because at the end of the day if the coach decides to play Itu, Brilliant or myself...whoever is given the job at hand, we are willing to grab the opportunity with both hands, because we know that behind us there are two other hungry lions that want to play as well."
The 23-year-old has made seven appearance to date this season, and is four behind Khune - with 11 - and four ahead of Khuzwayo - on three.
“That shows the amount of competition there is here – your place is never ever guaranteed – and that is what you want," he adds.
"You want to come and compete for your place, and you know that the standard is always high. It is always nice to play because it is a personal goal that you set [for yourself].
"If I get the chance to play, I am always willing to grab the opportunity with both hands, and I am just grateful to the coach for believing in me and giving me the opportunity [to play]."
Pieterse is currently in the final six months of his contract at Naturena – meaning he is able to sign a pre-contract for the club of his choice – but says he has always been aware of the situation they face as three equally capable shotstoppers.
“At the end of the day we all come here knowing what we have to do.
"There is a level of expectation and there is a high standard that we set for ourselves and, at the end of the day, we just come here to motivate one another.
"We all would want to play but at the end of the day it is the coach’s call. We just need to do what we need to do, and the coach will do the rest."
The Glamour Boys host Platinum Stars in an Absa Premiership clash at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday and, if indications at Thursday morning's training session is anything to go by, Pieterse could well start his eighth game of the season.