Bvuma pa­tiently awaits de­but

TOUGH: ‘I’M NOT TROU­BLED ABOUT MAK­ING THE FIRST TEAM QUICKLY. I KNOW MY TIME WILL COME’

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - YOUNG PLAYER - Tshepo Nt­soe­len­goe

Khune, Khuzwayo and Six­haso ahead of him in peck­ing or­der.

Kaizer Chiefs de­vel­op­ment goal­keeper Bruce Bvuma is pa­tiently wait­ing for the op­por­tu­nity to make his mark in top-flight foot­ball in the near fu­ture, and the 20-yearold shot-stop­per says it is tough play­ing for the Amakhosi re­serve team.

“Peo­ple will al­ways tell you to work hard and you’re just one step closer to liv­ing your dreams, but to be hon­est, this is the most dif­fi­cult step ever,” said Bvuma.

“We do get sup­port from our coaches to keep on push­ing hard and they want us to be the best in the busi­ness. Be­cause this is a big team with a lot of ex­pec­ta­tions, we al­ways have to be on top of our game.”

Hav­ing spent two years be­ing the No 1 keeper for the one of South Africa’s big­gest teams’ re­serve side where com­pe­ti­tion in the goal­keep­ing depart­ment is highly con­tested and is very in­tense at se­nior level, Bvuma is not about to lose hope any­time soon and said his time to shine would come soon.

“The club have good goal­keep­ers – Itume­leng Khune, Bril­liant Khuzwayo and Luthando Six­haso are some of the finest goal­keep­ers in the coun­try. The sad part about it is that only one of them gets to be the first-choice keeper, but they are all tal­ented, that is why I’m not re­ally trou­bled about get­ting to the first team quickly. I know my time will come one day,” said Bvuma.

Born in Lim­popo, Bvuma grew up in Braam­fis­cherville, Soweto, He started keep­ing goal at an early age while play­ing for a lo­cal team in his home town be­fore be­ing scouted by Bid­vest Wits and later on be­ing snapped up by Chiefs.

“Lim­popo is my home, but I spent most of my time in Soweto. I started play­ing foot­ball there, play­ing for Wits. While I was at Wits, we were play­ing in the same league as Chiefs. They liked me and asked if I could join them – and I did.

“I have spent the last two years play­ing at the team in the Multi-Choice Diski Chal­lenge and the SAB League. It has been a good jour­ney for me and I have learned a lot. I just have to con­tinue learn­ing and im­prov­ing my game.”

The young star also said it is dif­fi­cult for goal­keep­ers to break into the pro­fes­sional ranks, with the com­pe­ti­tion in that depart­ment fierce.

“It is very tough for goal­keep­ers to break into the first team, be­cause our num­ber is lim­ited in a team and we have mas­sive tal­ent. Just take a look at all the teams in the PSL. For ex­am­ple, Ajax goal­keeper Jody Fe­bru­ary is one of the best keep­ers we have in our coun­try, but he has found it dif­fi­cult to break into the Ajax first team af­ter be­ing pro­moted last sea­son,” he ex­plained.

“I am sure you get my point. An­other ex­am­ple is from our club. Khune broke into the first team at an early age, but it took time be­fore it hap­pened. Af­ter it did, it was an­other chal­lenge for him to be­come the first-choice keeper be­cause there was Rowen Fer­nan­dez and Emile Baron.”

The Amakhosi de­vel­op­ment keeper was part of the Gaut­eng SAB provin­cial squad which fin­ished third at the SAB Un­der-21 cham­pi­onships in Lim­popo last week.

The young keeper said the com­pe­ti­tion was great ex­po­sure for bud­ding tal­ent, and he is cer­tain sev­eral of those play­ers would play in the PSL next sea­son.

“The tour­na­ment is great ex­po­sure for ev­ery player here. There were lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties and I’m sure it has opened doors for most of the guys who played well dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion. It is a great ini­tia­tive by SAB, be­cause it also gives one an op­por­tu­nity to be scouted by ju­nior na­tional team coaches,” he added.

“I was dis­ap­pointed by not mak­ing it to the fi­nal, but this is foot­ball, it has its own dis­ap­point­ments. We will do much bet­ter next year.”

Bvuma says the last two years play­ing in the Multi-Choice Diski Chal­lenge (MDC) has re­ally helped him to im­prove his game and now he is look­ing for­ward to the new sea­son.

“We are all look­ing for­ward to the up­com­ing MDC sea­son be­cause we are not pleased with last sea­son’s fin­ish. We fin­ished in the bot­tom half of the ta­ble as we didn’t start the league on a good note. How­ever, we fin­ished rea­son­ably well.

“So we will just have to con­tinue the way we fin­ished and we might find our­selves in the run­ning for the tro­phy.”

Pic­tures: Back­pagepix

BRUCE BVUMA

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