Kaizer Chiefs' Yusuf Bunting eyes PSL football after SAB U-21 National Championships heroics
Posted: 1 August 2017 Time: 14:13
Kaizer Chiefs rookie Yusuf Bunting believes he is ready to make the step up to PSL football.
The striker is high in confidence after plundering 12 goals in five games at the recent SAB U-21 National Championships, which included a match-winning hat-trick for Gauteng in the final against USSA.
Bunting, who was named Player of the Tournament, has featured for Amakhosi's development side under Arthur Zwane, and is eager to get promoted to Steve Komphela's first team squad.
“I watched the [Soweto] Derby this past Saturday and playing in front of 90 000 people has to be amazing. I want to play in that match one day,” Bunting told SAFA Media.
“I also feel ready to play in the PSL. It is not easy there but you have guys like Teboho Mokoena who come from the SAB U-21 National Championships doing well. I feel I can also do the same. I am confident that if I could get a chance, I can do well not just for myself but also for the guys I was playing with and against at the tournament in Soweto.”
The 21-year-old said he was determined to shine at the regional youth competition.
“I was hungry. I think that is why I managed to do what I did. I had a great team around me and if it was not for their amazing supply, I could not have managed to do that. I also had a great coach in Tumelo Ndaba. He was a great mentor to us and he believes in me. He played me where I could be most effective,” Bunting said.
“The first hat-trick against Eastern Cape surprised me because I did not think I would start the tournament like that. Once I got those three goals, I knew I could get more. I have been working hard on my movement and reading of the game and it helped. I am just glad we could win this tournament.”