Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma has highlighted that he prioritises winning games for the club instead of just finding joy in not conceding while the team hasn’t won as well.
Bvuma kept a clean sheet on Sunday against TS Galaxy after being brought in ahead of Itumeleng Khune but that wasn’t enough to earn Chiefs three points as they opened the league campaign hoping to set the pace from the word go in this marathon.
Having kept just one clean sheet in the six league games that he played last season, the issue of not conceding is relevant to Bvuma, who will again be trusted to guard the posts on Wednesday evening.
last season he kept chasing clean their home ground – FNB Stadium – a place where picking maximum points must never be in doubt.
"For me the main thing is making sure that the team wins. A clean sheet will come after. I know the importance of winning the game. Even if we can win the game 2-1, 3-2 or whatever the importance is in winning so that is my number one aim. A clean sheet is important for a goalkeeper, but it doesn’t feel that great when we didn’t win," he emphasises after being preferred in the goalless league opener.
"It feels great and shows that I have been working hard and the coaches decided to pick me for this one and I am grateful for being chosen to start the season as the goalkeeper. I can’t say I’m happy because as Kaizer Chiefs we were aiming to take maximum points (against TS Galaxy). It didn’t happen but is okay and part of the game. A point is better than nothing," he says.
What matters most is the next game which will be at home at FNB Stadium – where he feels they need to start making sure they make it difficult for visiting teams.
"They (Baroka) are coming to Soccer City, and I feel that as Kaizer Chiefs we start dominating especially our home games and make FNB our slaughterhouse where teams are scared to come and play. I feel like it is important that we show it when we play Baroka that we mean business especially when we play our home games. We will welcome them, and we are looking forward to showing them that this is our home ground.
"We have only watched them once this season when they won the opening game which was good for them. We collected two points from them last season and so we are going for three points when we play them on Wednesday. To our supporters we know that we haven’t started well but would like to ask to keep on supporting and all things will come together soon," says Bvuma.