Absa Premiership

Doutie excited by Johnson

2013-08-06 20:03
Sameehg Doutie (Gallo Images)

Pretoria - SuperSport United midfielder Sameehg Doutie has said that he is enjoying life under new coach Cavin Johnson.

"Cavin is a coach who believes in his players and he believes in me," Doutie said on Tuesday.

"He's giving me the freedom to do whatever I feel like doing and I think that's working as a positive for me."

Doutie, who joined Matsatsantsa early last year following a year at Orlando Pirates, said he was looking forward to building on the foundations of a successful first season with the Pretoria side.

"My aim this season is to score many goals.

"I've set a target for myself and at least I've got one in the bag, and I've only played 10 minutes, so that's a good sign.

"I'm just being positive, so if I get an opportunity I'm looking to bag a few more."

Doutie came on as a second-half replacement in United's opening Premiership clash of the season against Free State Stars, and scored his side's third goal within minutes of coming on.

The 24-year-old said he was delighted with the new signings at the club, which included Bafana Bafana winger Thuso Phala and former Moroka Swallows midfielder Benett Chenene.

"It's good competition and we are all fighting for a place in the team," he said.

"Benett (Chenene), Thuso Phala and I are all fighting for the position," Doutie said.

"We're pushing each other, so whoever gets the nod has to always do his best."

Turning his attention to this weekend's MTN8 opening round fixture against his former club, Doutie said he hoped United could start well and score early, in order to put pressure on the Soweto giants.

"If you get an early goal against Pirates it frustrates them because the supporters can get on their heads after 15 minutes, so that is a good thing we're looking to do," he said.

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