Bvuma, one for the future - Kaizer Chiefs FC
Bvuma, one for the future

Posted in News, Team News on Apr 06, 2017.

All of a sudden, there he was, sitting on the Kaizer Chiefs bench as the goalkeeper for the big Mamelodi Sundowns game. His name: Bruce Bvuma.

Just a few days earlier, the young talented goalkeeper had signed a contract for the rest of the season and the next four years.

Bvuma enjoyed an excellent season for Chiefs’ reserve side in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge, starting in 12 of the 15 matches, impressing those that count.

With Brilliant Khuzwayo out for a long period due to his ankle operation, Amakhosi’s goalkeeping department needed to be beefed up.

And when Luthando Sixhaso had to miss the Brazilians encounter due to a family bereavement, Bvuma was asked to sit on the bench, as a back-up for Itumeleng Khune.

“That was an awesome feeling,” the Leratong-born goalkeeper reflects on his debut on Amakhosi’s first team bench, “I never dreamed that this opportunity would come so soon.

“The other goalkeepers helped me a lot. And when in camp, Itu came to my room and we had a man-to-man chat. Our goalkeeper coach, Alex Revoredo, also helped me, advising to ‘just relax and enjoy myself”.”

The Chiefs fans were supporting him too. “They were applauding and celebrating every save or high ball I caught,” Bvuma continues. “That was a marvellous feeling.”

His great hero is the German and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Amakhosi’s goalkeeper coach Revoredo is complimentary about Bvuma: “He’s very clever, learning quickly. He’s physically in a very good shape and he’s quality from a technical point of view. He has a lot of potential.”

About having the 21-year-old sit on the bench for the huge game against Sundowns, Revoredo reacts: “Bruce is a no-stress guy. This was his first warming-up before an official game of the first team and he handled it as a seasoned keeper.

“From there on I knew that if we had needed him in the Sundowns match, Bruce would have risen to the occasion with confidence.”

Football Manager Bobby Motaung also has some positive comments: “Bruce was part of the development side. This contract confirms our intent to promote players from our youth academy to the first team. He has a great future ahead of him.”

 

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