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Mamelodi Sundowns’ goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse aims to displace Itumeleng Khune as Bafana’s number one

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Former Kaizer Chiefs number two goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse has said he wants to be Bafana Bafana’s starting goalkeeper‚ and that is the reason why he joined Mamelodi Sundowns.

Pieterse is determined to dethrone Khune, despite a very shaky debut performance for Sundowns against AmaZulu when he fumbled a soft ball to gift Usuthu a goal in the 3-3 draw.

“The debut I got against AmaZulu wasn’t the ideal debut that one wants. But I learnt from my mistakes in the second game against Arrows. And I’m glad I could contribute to the team and get a clean sheet in that game,” he said.


Pieterse nevertheless managed to bounce back with a clean sheet in his next game‚ helping Sundowns beat Lamontville Golden Arrows 1-0 in KwaMashu last Wednesday.

“I want to compete for the Bafana spot as well. And I know that working with the likes of Kennedy [Mweene] and Denis [Onyango]‚ and working with coach Wendell [Robinson]‚ I will definitely improve.”

At Downs‚ Pieterse finds a coaching staff of former Bafana boss Pitso Mosimane and goalkeeper-coach Robinson‚ who has worked with almost all the junior national teams‚ who know a thing or two about international football.

“Obviously they know my ambitions. And even when I met with the president [Patrice Motsepe] he told me‚ ‘We want you to be the Bafana No.1’.

Sundowns is out of action until its Absa Premiership match against Bidvest Wits at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday‚ 7 October 2018.

Siseko Gwegwe
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