Belgium-based Amajita newcomer Keith Owen Groeneveld eager to represent South Africa
Posted: 20 April 2018 Time: 16:30
Belgium-based defender Keith Owen Groeneveld says he has long harboured ambitions of representing South Africa.
Groeneveld, who was born in Kimberley and relocated to Belgium with his family at the age of four, attended a recent Amajita camp, assembled in preparation for the CAF U-20 African Nations Cup qualifiers.
Coach Thabo Senong's men will begin their continental journey on May 11 in the second round when they will play the winners between Mozambique and Seychelles.
Groeneveld started his career at Royal Antwerp, spending seven years with the club before moving onto KV Mechelen. After his two-year contract expired there he linked up with current employers Standard de Liege, having also been invited for trials with Manchester United, Arsenal and Schalke 04.
"I am happy to be here, it is always nice to come home," Groeneveld told SAFA's website.
"I do not have the greatest knowledge of South African football, but I have always wanted to represent my country because this is my country of birth.
"We have a bit more discipline and organisation than the skill of South African players and we also tend to focus more on tactics, rather than the flair which I know South Africa to be associated with."