Absa Premiership

Buchanan hails Chiefs' Mooki as inspiration

2016-11-14 19:30
Keagan Buchanan of Kaizer Chiefs and Gift Motupa of Orlando Pirates (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Keagan Buchanan has revealed that club legend Thabo Mooki is his inspiration as he attempts to win over the fans in the number 10 jersey.

Mooki spent his entire career at Naturena from 1994 until 2009 and was widely respected for some of his displays in more of a playmaker role.

The Soweto-born star played more than 400 games for the Amakhosi and scored over 40 goals in the process.

Nonetheless, Buchanan, who has been touted by some to be the club's next true play-maker, reveals that it was Mooki's example that he aspired to.

"I supported Chiefs when Jabu Mahlangu (then Pule) and Thabo Mooki were there. I took a liking to Mooki. One of the reasons I watched was because of him," he told the Sunday World.

"There were a lot of other good players but he was the main reason. I want to go down as someone, when they speak about number 10, that made the jersey big."

The 25-year-old has made three appearances in all competitions since joining the Glamour Boys from Bloemfontein Celtic.

The former Celtic midfielder has been a regular fixture in the Amakhosi team since returning from a long-term knee injury and has hit the ground running by putting in solid displays so far this season.

Amakhosi next take on Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versveld Stadium on Saturday.

Kick off is at 15:30.

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