Keagan Buchanan has enjoyed a remarkable revival with Maritzburg United, becoming an influential player under coach Eric Tinkler this season after years of lack of game time and long spells on the sidelines due to injuries.
The talented attacking midfielder has hardly set a foot wrong in the 2019/20 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season and now has set his sights on playing for Bafana Bafana.
“Every player has hopes and aspirations to play for a country, so it is a goal of mine to play for Bafana Bafana,” said Buchanan.
For Buchanan to stand a chance of representing South Africa, he will have to stay injury-free and keep on putting in consistent performances in the middle of the park.
Known as the ‘Fixer’, Buchanan has played 21 games for ‘The Team of Choice’ this season in all competitions, a total of 1,538 minutes. But the PSL season had to be suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The former Kaizer Chiefs and South Africa U20 international said making a return after his third knee injury was a turning point in his career.
“It’s a blessing, making it to a final [Telkom knockout 2019] in the same season I came back from my third knee injury, is a good moment for me, a turning point for me,” he added.
The 28-year-old missed plenty of action due to injury and says it wasn’t easy to make a comeback for the third time from serious and career-threatening injuries [Anterior cruciate ligament injury – ACL].
“In my career, I have missed in total maybe two and a half years of football in terms of all my injuries which is three of the knees and it is not easy when you are going through that.
“Obviously from a mental perspective you need to be strong and be in a good head space knowing that when you come back you must be positive and be confident about what you bring into the team and not lose sight of what you can do and what you can bring when you do come back,” he said.
Football has taken me on a journey I’ll forever be grateful for. A lot of ups & downs, but it’s made me a better man. Met a lot of people, learnt a lot along the way. Grateful for everything this sport has taught me. ⚽️⚒ pic.twitter.com/6kEOpVtL6p
— Keagan Buchanan (@keagan_buchanan) April 2, 2020
“Just believing and having faith, for me being a Christian, it was just my faith, pray and myself confidence in my ability and what I can bring into the team and that is why when I came back I managed to do well every time I had an injury.
“Have a mentality that I’m never going to give up and I am not going to doubt what I can bring and that is shown in me coming back and playing, getting closer to what I know I can do or my peak if I can put it that way,” concluded the ex-Bloemfontein Celtic player.
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By FARPost Reporter