Buchanan aiming to cement starting berth at Chiefs

After a long lay-off with injury and a delayed debut, Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Keagan Buchanan is thrilled to be getting regular action.

The 25-year-old kicked off his Amakhosi career when he came off the bench against Maritzburg United before coolly slotting home the decisive spot kick in a Telkom Knockout penalty shoot-out.

The former FC Cape Town and Bloemfontein Celtic midfield schemer has subsequently completed two league matches and is grateful to head coach Steve Komphela for showing faith in him.

With the likes of George Maluleka and Lucky Baloyi challenging Buchanan for a starting place, he’s mindful of the competition.

“The games are coming thick and fast and the coach has to use the players wisely,” he said after a 0-0 draw with Baroka FC on Wednesday.

“We’ve got a good squad with a lot of depth. Georgie is also on the bench, also pushing for a starting place. But we all support one another. I’m just happy to play and do my bit for the team.

“I’m back now and just looking to cement my place in the team. I’m just grateful to the coach for the opportunity, I will just keep working hard.”

Buchanan also gave his assessment on the Baroka stalemate.

“They frustrated us a lot. But with us they were compact, they tried to frustrate us. I feel we had our fair share of the game. We were going at them, we just didn’t get the opening.

“There are positives to take from the game. I’m just grateful to get a second 90 minus in 10 months. I can just grow from here and I thank the coach for the opportunity and all the support from my teammates.”

Chiefs are next in action when they host Free State Stars in a TKO last-eight round match on Sunday.

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