Leeuwenburgh: Benni’s a nice guy


The 24-year-old only joined the Citizens in late July off the back of a year on the sidelines for Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam, but has immediately slotted in as his new club’s first-choice.

He has kept six clean sheets in 11 games so far while emerging as a penalty shootout hero twice in the MTN8 as he guided City to their first top-eight cup gold medal.

The Dutch shot-stopper says he’s settled in well in his new surroundings, and admits he was surprised to find out City had only been officially formed just two years ago.

“I didn’t know it was such a young club, but it seriously feels like a club that’s been around for 20 or 40 years in the PSL,” he tells KickOff.com. “It’s very professional, everything you need is sorted, and the whole image of the club is perfect.”

A major influence in helping the Dutchman settle in has been head coach McCarthy.

“Benni gave me a lot of confidence from day one,” he says. “The way he wants us to play is how I like to play, building up from the back, playing passes on the ground, which suits me as it’s not new to me. He’s very nice to all players, and hugs everyone in the morning – as a person, he’s a very nice guy.”

Despite an obvious difference in training facilities between his former and current club, Leeuwenburgh says he’s not perturbed, insisting the focus is on match day and not training.

“For me now it’s not about training sessions – yes, we work hard and have good sessions – but now it’s all about the games, where I can now play in Cape Town Stadium on one of the best pitches in the country,” he said.

Following the FIFA international break, City – who currently occupy 14th spot on the Aba Premiership table after eight games – next face bottom-placed AmaZulu on Saturday, 27 October.