Kaizer Chiefs to sign a new talented goalkeeper
“I should never have left Kaizer Chiefs despite the increased financials benefit I would receive from my new club,” he reflects, “Playing for Amakhosi is just so exceptional. One only realises how special it is after you have left the club.”
“After Brilliant Khuzwayo left, we wanted to get a seasoned goalkeeper to assist Itumeleng Khune,” Motaung said. “We have a few talented youngsters like Bruce Bvuma and Brylon Petersen who need to work with experienced keepers. We welcome Virgil.” Vries joins Khune and Bruce Bvuma as goalkeepers at Amakhosi. Vries was released by Baroka last week after playing second fiddle to Ayanda Dlamini towards the end of last season. He played 22 matches for Bakgaga last season‚ conceding 29 goals across all competitions.
“It’s even better if they play in Europe, but then they must play. Keet hasn't really been playing has he? Ja, there's a bit of a concern, if you look at the goalkeeping department.
Kaizer Chiefs have added a goalkeeper to the list of new signings for the upcoming 2018/2019 season. Namibian Virgil Vries arrives after a season with Baroka FC. The 29-year-old keeper was also on the books of Golden Arrows and Maritzburg United. Vries joins on a three year contract. “After Brilliant Khuzwayo left, we wanted to get a seasoned goalkeeper to assist Itumeleng Khune,” the club’s Football Manager Bobby Motaung announced. “We have a few talented youngsters like Bruce Bvuma and Brylon Petersen who need to work with experienced keepers. We welcome Virgil.”
"We welcome Lee into our Kaizer Chiefs Family. Coaching goalkeepers is a very specialised field. Lee is young, ambitious and he will bring a lot of international experience," Motaung told the Amakhosi website.
Talking about the Glamour Boys at 50, the former goalkeeper says: “This moment is still history in the making. But, when I kept goal for the club in the early nineties, it represented Golden Years.”
"Definitely he was one of the considerations and you can understand where that came from, Gavin has worked with William at SuperSport. Right now it's in the hands of Kaizer Chiefs management who they go with. What Gavin did, he put a name out there."
“Kaizer Chiefs represents success, trophies, league titles, professionalism and quality players,” according to former goalkeeper Wade Du Plessis on what Amakhosi means for him. “It’s the biggest club in Africa. Every youngster dreams about donning the Gold & Black one day.”
Du Plessis was drafted for the compulsory two-year South African national service in 1989. Luckily, he was able to play soccer again during his second year in the army, when he was roped in by Kaizer Chiefs in early 1990. They flew him up to Johannesburg for training every Wednesday. He was back at the army barracks the following day and would then join his teammates again for the coming weekend’s match.
Du Plessis joined Durban City’s first team in 1986 at the age of 18. That same year the youngster went for trials at England’s soccer giants, Chelsea, training with its youth side and (for good measure) broke his nose during a session when a defender accidently thrust his knee into the South African goalie’s face.
"He has been very consistent. For that in itself, it is an achievement for a goalkeeper of his age. If I’m not mistaken he may be one of the youngest in the PSL. That is a medal on his chest before we go into the final,” he explained.
"William remember he worked at Kaizer Chiefs as a goalkeeper coach before he went to SuperSport United, and it is normal for Chiefs to consider those they have worked with," an inside source tells KickOff.com.
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