Kaizer Chiefs’ Zimbabwean defender Teenage Hadebe has jumped to the defence of the heavily criticised Namibian goalkeeper Virgil Vries.
First asked about his feelings on getting back into the team after having to bid his time on the sidelines, Hadebe revealed it has been a matter of patience.
“For sure, I’m happy now that I’m getting game-time and I’m sure it’s a good improvement for me from last season, but I have to keep giving the best,” Hadebe told Kick Off.
“I waited for my chance [this season] and I think I’m doing well, but at the back we just need to keep it simple so we can keep clean-sheets because fans are complaining that we are conceding.
The former Chicken Inn and Highlanders 23-year-old then explained why Amakhosi’s defence had faced criticism, most especially goalkeeper Vries.
“I’d say maybe it was communication [that led to the team conceding] – we didn’t communicate very well. I’m sure that’s why we conceded such easy goals,” said Hadebe.
“I’m sure Virgil is a good keeper, he’s the one communicating with us at the back and I know some people are starting to blame him but he’s a good keeper.
“You saw how he performed against Black Leopards [in the Telkom Knockout first round] and he has been keeping clean-sheets, but now people are starting to complain.
“That’s how football is – the top goalkeepers make mistakes, and no-one is perfect.”
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