Absa Premiership

Buchanan can only get better, says Komphela

2016-10-31 12:57
Keagan Buchanan of Kaizer Chiefs and Gift Motupa of Orlando Pirates (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela admits that he is impressed with the showing of Keagan Buchanan.

The playmaker completed his first 90 minutes of action in nearly a year since suffering a serious knee injury while in the colours of Bloemfontein Celtic.

The Cape Town-born star has been hard at work making his way back from recovery, and it caught some by surprise that Komphela selected him to start in the derby.

Prior to the biggest game of the year in the South African calendar, Buchanan had only seen limited playing time for Chiefs' MultiChoice Diski Challenge side.

“Keagan showed during training that he was ready and when a player is ready you don’t look at the opponent,” the Chiefs coach said on the club’s website.

“I thought, ‘Derby or not, I will throw him in and we will see what happens.’

“Keagan did well and he can only grow from here and get better.”

Meanwhile, Komphela says that his side had a slight edge over Pirates when it came to creating chances.

 “We tried to play a constructive game, but we struggled to get behind Pirates’ defence.

“Still, I feel we had the edge when it came to chances. With matches of this calibre, it’s often that you score a goal and you get a result.”

Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, despite both sides shooting 18 times at goal. However, only four of these attempts hit the target.

The best chances for Chiefs came for Michelle Katsvairo (in the first-half) and Hendrick Ekstein in the second half (both missed the target), while Siphiwe Tshabalala’s powerful drive from long distance was excellently saved by the Pirates goalkeeper.

Kaizer Chiefs welcome Baroka FC to the Moses Mabhida Stadium for an Absa Premiership clash.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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