Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Kearyn Baccus has admitted he has no knowledge of club legends such as Thabo Mooki and Doctor Khumalo, whose old jersey he is itching to get.
Baccus arrived at Chiefs at the start of the season from Australian A-League side Melbourne City and has since left a positive impression on the club’s supporters.
The 28-year-old Durban-born attacker has featured in all six of Amakhosi’s games this season while bagging a goal and two assists thus far.
He has since been likened to one of the all-time greats of the club in ‘Tsiki-tsiki’, although many would argue otherwise.
Baccus has conceded he knows very little of the stars who donned the colours before him, while also describing his disappointment upon learning that he could not have club legend Doctor Khumalo’s old jersey number.
“I’m not too sure, I haven’t done my research yet on who [Mooki] is, but I’ve heard he’s a great player and I guess he’s made his own history, so I want to make my own,” said Baccus in defence to the comparisons.
“I also heard a lot about Doctor Khumalo – I wanted his [jersey] number when I came to the club, because I’ve played in number-15 my whole life and they told me the number’s been retired, so I was a bit disappointed but what can we do? It’s okay.
“It’s up to him I guess, if he’d like to bring back the number then I’d definitely take it. But I think he’s been a legend in South African football for a while, so good on him.
“I asked for the number-15 and my parents explained why I couldn’t get it. My Mum had done her research and she was the one who told me ‘Doc’ had the number and they retired it because of him.
“I guess he’s a club legend and he’s done a lot in South African football, and I’m happy for the guy. I haven’t been in contact with him, but if someone wants to give me his number then I’ll definitely call him.”