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City goalie: PSL not a step back

Posted: 17 August 2018 Time: 16:00

New Cape Town City goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh insists joining the South African club was not a step back in his career as he looks to establish himself in the PSL.

Capped at junior international level for the Netherlands, Leeuwenburgh was on the books of giants Ajax Amsterdam, but featured only for their reserve team before packing his bags for South Africa as he put pen to paper with John Comitis’ club.

Yet the 24-year-old insists his move to the southern tip of Africa is not a step back in his career trajectory.

“No, definitely not,” he said. “I’ve got the chance to play at the highest level in South Africa for one of the most beautiful clubs in the country, so I think it’s actually a step forward. I’m hoping to play a lot of games, so it’s definitely a step forward.”

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Leeuwenburgh has started two of City’s three games so far this season, keeping a clean sheet in both victories against SuperSport United and Maritzburg United, as the tall shot-stopper outlined his aim for the season.

“I just want to play games – that’s the most important for me,” he said. “I’d love to win a trophy with the team – we are working really hard. You don’t come to the training ground just to play for fun, you do it to win a game, and we hope to win a trophy. Besides football, this is a lifetime experience – Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and I hope to stay here for a long time.”

Having only holidayed in the Mother City before, where his girlfriend’s parents own property,  Leeuwenburgh admits he was oblivious to the level of football in the PSL, but feels City have a squad good enough to compete in the Eredivisie – the top tier in Holland.

“I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived, but the level surprised me and is pretty good,” he said. “I think we could be competitive in the Dutch league as well, so the overall level is what surprised me.”

Leeuwenburgh will hope to pip last season’s regular number one Sage Stephens to a starting berth on Saturday, when City host Golden Arrows at Cape Town Stadium.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis

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