Buchanan: Why I didn't excel at Chiefs


Maritzburg United star Keagan Buchanan is back in the limelight again in a new team and has addressed his failure to establish himself at Kaizer Chiefs.

Buchanan arrived at Chiefs with big expectations after making his name at Bloemfontein Celtic but was unable to earn enough game-time at Naturena.

Now with the Team of Choice, the 28-year-old is back to his best and shining in Eric Tinkler's midfield.

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The midfielder feels maybe his style at Steve Komphela's Amakhosi didn't allow him to play as he does now under Tinkler.

"I think the way the team [now] is playing, my strength comes out more, the setup with coach Tinkler," Buchanan says.

"Maybe that time with coach Steve Komphela at Chiefs, my style was not suited for what he wanted at the time. As a player you need to respect that you know.

"People always ask why I didn't do well at Chiefs. Obviously I don't respond but obviously situations are different and coaches want different things.

"I can never say if coach Tinkler was at Chiefs three years ago I would've made the same thing, but that's football, yeah."

Buchanan has been consistent this season, producing top performances in the midfield for the first time in four years, with many believing he might be amongst the contenders for the Absa Premiership Midfielder of the Season award.

"It not my job my brother, I don't know [about awards]. Obviously my immediate goal is to help the team finish in the highest level in the league," he adds.

"It's always nice to have people whispering about that. It gives me motivation that I'm going in the right direction. I don't say I'm up there, I'm not sure.

"If it gets to that at end of the season, it will be a cherry on top."

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Buchanan says as much as he would like to be in the Bafana Bafana setup, right now his focus is to remain consistent with Maritzburg and the rest will follow.

"Every player's dream is to play in the national team, but for me my first and foremost goal is to stay on the field. I'm just happy that I can train and play, able to contribute," he explains.

"I don't say it's on my mind, the national team and individual awards is only on you guys, from the supporters to coaches.

"I obviously aspire to play in the national team and coach Molefi [Ntseki] can decide if I can contribute to the team or not, but it's not at the back of my mind. I just want to be consistent."