Keagan Buchanan honoured to receive No.10 jersey at Kaizer Chiefs
Posted: 10 October 2016 Time: 14:13
Keagan Buchanan says being handed the famous number 10 jersey at Kaizer Chiefs was an honour and he is aware of the expectations that accompany the shirt number.
Buchanan has yet to play any official first team football at Chiefs after recovering from a knee injury picked up while still with Bloemfontein Celtic.
However, he started in the Macufe Cup win yesterday and looked comfortable in central midfield before being pulled out after 68 minutes as Steve Komphela ran several changes to give as many players as possible a run.
“Getting the number 10 jersey is an honour and when the big boss Bobby [Motaung] called to tell me that I will get number 10 it was an honour,” says Buchanan.
“It comes with pressure and there is more pressure from the fact that it is not just Chiefs but number 10 at Chiefs, so people are expecting you to do what the other number 10s did. But I am confident in my ability and in what I can do and what I can bring to the team. I think that with all the games I will be playing I will be back to the Keagan that I was before I came to Chiefs and obviously I feel if I get back to where I was as soon as possible then it will be fine.
“I am always just trying my best to try and help the team win and do that within the coach’s plans and within the team setup. The coach knows my strengths and I would like to think I have playmaking abilities that can make the team play but also tackle without the ball. Whatever the coach wants me to do within the team setup I will try to do, and do my best,” he explains.
The 25-year-old is determined to reassert his value after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
“Obviously when you come to a team like Chiefs there is pressure and even more pressure when you come with an injury. There are expectations from everyone because they are signing you so that you do something and make a difference and contribute in the team. I am just excited to be back in the team and to be playing because the injury can affect you mentally. Being out for eight to nine months can be frustrating but luckily the support that I have had has gotten me through,” he adds.