Hendrick Ekstein hoping for more playing time at Kaizer Chiefs
Posted: 20 August 2016 Time: 19:04
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Hendrick Ekstein intends to make his mark this season and spend less time on the Amakhosi bench.
The 25-year-old made just 10 league appearances last season, eight from the bench, and has ambitions to change those statistics and make a real impact this term.
“I am working hard to persuade the technical team to hand me more playing time this season,” Ekstein tells the club’s website.
“I didn’t have a convincing campaign last season. But that is water under the bridge now. This time I am prepared to fight for my place in the line-up.
“Important for me is to make a contribution for the team. We want to lift trophies this season.”
Ekstein is optimistic that the club’s new signings will help push them on in their quest for silverware.
“The new players have gelled nicely in the team. Also, we are working very well with the new technical team members,” he adds.
“We have been working hard to be prepared for the season. We are ready to play and, most importantly, we are all willing to work hard for the team.”
“If our preparations are anything to go by, I can confidently say we are ready to play in our first game of the season.”
That first game is at Bidvest Wits on August 23. Ekstein is confident Steve Komphela’s side can get a result against the team that ended second last season.
“They might be having a bit of information about us, because they saw our friendly matches on TV. However, we didn’t expose our entire plan in the friendlies anyway,” says Ekstein.
“And by the way, we beat them twice last season, home and away. Every team is a closed book for now. At this stage we will rely on our strength more than anything.
“We can’t wait for Tuesday. We are mentally and physically ready. The supporters must just know that we aim at making them happy this season.”