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SuperSport United keeper Reyaad Pieterse relishing COSAFA opportunity

Posted: 9 June 2016 Time: 13:17

New SuperSport United goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse is looking forward to the opportunity of pulling on the national team jersey for the first time at the upcoming COSAFA Cup.

The South Africa squad, which consists largely of Under-23 players, will report for camp this evening to begin preparations for their opening match against either Lesotho, Mauritius, Malawi or Angola in Namibia next weekend.

Pieterse, who recently left Kaizer Chiefs, is excited at the prospect of international football as he looks to catch the eye of Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim Mashaba.

“I’m excited and very honoured to be representing my country in the COSAFA Cup, and I feel like it’s a step closer to my dream of making it to the senior national team. I’m ready to go there and give my best to help the team’s cause,” Pieterse tells KickOff.com.

“It’s a good start for me because we all have to start somewhere, I mean I’ll be getting valuable international experience as well as a feel for international football. It’s also an opportunity to make a name for myself because the Bafana coach will also be watching."

The 24-year-old is the oldest player in the squad, which will be overseen by U-23 coach Owen da Gama, and says he will be happy to share some advice with younger counterparts Jody February of Ajax Cape Town and Nkosingiphile Gumede of Golden Arrows.

“It will be good for me to be with the younger players as I might have a chance to share my experience and give them advice, while I also have a chance to go and do my best for the benefit of the team.”

He added: “It’s been a long-time dream of mine to get into the national teams and pick up some international caps. It’s very important because I also want to further my career overseas, so it’s a good platform for me to build on from.

“It can opens a lot of doors because people are now watching you, people who never knew you also get to learn more about you and see what you have to offer.”

The Nike Chance graduate also believes the experience will aid him in his competition for club game-time with Ronwen Williams, who possesses both junior and senior national team experience.

Article by: Chad Klate
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