Pieterse under no illusion at Downs
Posted: 8 August 2018 Time: 17:00
Mamelodi Sundowns' new signing Reyaad Pieterse believes the quality of goalkeepers at the club will aid his development as a player.
Pieterse last week completed a surprise move to The Brazilians from their Tshwane rivals SuperSport United, taking the spot of Ghanaian shot-stopper Razak Brimah, who has since been released.
Much has been said of the 26-year-old’s decision to join a club with top-level keepers such as former African-based Player of the Year Denis Onyango, Kennedy Mweene and Thela Ngobeni, with some even questioning his motives.
However, the former Shamrock Rovers gloveman has explained why he felt the move would suit his career, as he relishes working within a competitive structure.
“I obviously feel really happy and excited to work with the likes of Denis, Kennedy and Thela, because I know this move will make me a better goalkeeper and player,” Pieterse tellsKickOff.com.
“At the end of the day, the most important thing is growth and development, and to obviously become better in all aspects of my game.”
Pieterse left Kaizer Chiefs in 2015 in an effort to get more regular game-time at SuperSport, however, this did not work out as planned as he played second fiddle to Ronwen Williams.
Though he now faces even sterner competition at Chloorkop, the Nike Academy graduate is up to the challenge, as he also backs goalkeeper coach Wendell Robinson to get the best out of him.
“Obviously I would have loved to play more games at SuperSport, but the competition was also really good there between myself and Ronwen [Williams],” he explains.
“It was really tough and I enjoyed it as well, and I felt I improved in some areas. For me, obviously, it wasn’t the move that I expected it to be, but at the end of the day I can only be disappointed in myself and no one else.
“Now I still feel like I have a long way to go to be close to the likes of Denis, Kennedy and Thela, but I believe this is a stepping stone for me to improve.
“I’m also familiar with the goalkeeper coach Wendell Robinson, who I’ve worked with before, and he also knows how to get the best out of me, so I’m looking forward to it. It won’t be easy, but I’ll welcome the challenge.”