Cape Town - After a lengthy spell on the sidelines, new
Maritzburg United recruit Keagan Buchanan accepts it will take time to find his
Buchanan spent much of his time at Kaizer
Chiefs out of action due to injury and made the move to Maritzburg in the off-season.
He started for the Team of Choice in
midfield in their opening match of the league season, a 0-2 defeat to Golden
Arrows, but was substituted at half time for another new arrival, Tholang
Buchanan says he's pleased to be back on
the park again, and while admitting it was tough being out for so long, he is
feeling optimistic about his prospects with the KwaZulu-Natal capital city
"(There was a) lot of bleak days
(during his time out injured) but there's no use in sulking about it; it's my
job, it's my profession," he told the media after Sunday's defeat to
"I need to be there playing so I can
provide for my family, so obviously I'm happy to be back.
"It was difficult to be out for that
long and coming back I'm not expecting miracles immediately. But I'm fortunate
to have the confidence of the coach and he knows how to get me to my
The departure last week of Lebohang Maboe
to Mamelodi Sundowns could mean that Buchanan will be the man to directly
replace the former Team of Choice playmaker, although the Cape Town born
midfielder is keen to play down any comparisons.
"I wouldn't say necessarily to fill
the void that he left. I mean, whenever you come to another team and you come
from one of the 'Big Three' there's always pressure, irrespective of what team
you are playing for.
"There are expectations and its part
of the job. And yes, we lost a brilliant, brilliant player. As a team we happy
for him but our focus doesn't lie over replacing him, we are just moving on as