Leeuwenbur­gh wants to leave Citizens on a high

Keeper signs with Groningen

- By Neville Khoza

Cape Town City goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenbur­gh says his desire to return home to the Netherland­s and take his career to another level is what motivated him to sign with Eredivisie side Groningen.

Leeuwenbur­gh, 27, will join Groningen at the end of the season after signing a two-year deal. The towering goalkeeper arrived in SA in July 2018 after agreeing to join the Citizens on a three-year deal.

After 85 competitiv­e matches for the Citizens he has risen to be among top keepers in SA.

“I felt like it was maybe time for something else. I’m quite far away from home, and with a baby now, it would be a bit better to be closer to home,” Leewenburg told Sowetan.

“Groningen was very interested, and when I heard their plans, I had only one thing on my mind, I want to go there. They are a big club with a rich history, a beautiful stadium in a very nice city and the level of the club and league is a step upwards for me.”

Heinenoord-born Leeuwenbur­g added his highlight with the Citizens was when he won the MTN8 title in 2018 against SuperSport United, where he was a hero in the final.

“My stay has been good. I played a lot of games, gained a lot of experience as a goalkeeper and as a human being so far away from home in a different culture and environmen­t.

“I didn’t need to leave in terms of life, but I got an amazing opportunit­y, so I had to take it. We won a trophy and had some good times.

“The trophy was the absolute highlight, especially because I was able to play such a big part in winning it. We also won two quarters, which were other highlights.”

His plan now is to end his time with the Citizens on a high note in the remaining matches.

 ?? /SHAUN ROY/GALLO IMAGES ?? Cape Town City’s Peter Leeuwenbur­gh.
/SHAUN ROY/GALLO IMAGES Cape Town City’s Peter Leeuwenbur­gh.

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