Vries admits Chiefs mistakes cost him AFCON ticket
Vries admits Chiefs mistakes cost him AFCON ticket

Vries admits Chiefs mistakes cost him AFCON ticket

Former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Virgil Vries believes the mistakes he made while at the club cost him his place in the team.

Vries was thrust into the starting line-up in 2018/19 when regular incumbent Itumeleng Khune was ruled out with injury for the rest of the season. However, it appears the weight of pressure was too much as he made some high profile blunders in key matches.

He was later released as Daniel Akpeyi was brought in to act as Khune's replacement before Bruce Bvuma earned the starting spot.

The 30-year-old later was dropped from Namibia's Africa Cup of Nations side set to take part at the Africa Cup of Nations.

"It's disappointing not to be part of the Afcon squad after playing all the games in the qualifiers,” Vries told Sowetan

"The coach [Ricardo Mannetti] cited game time as the main reason to exclude me. It's a painful thing. I will come back stronger. It was a tough year, a year I must not think about.”

"The mistakes I made at Chiefs don't define me. I have a choice, it's either I keep thinking about those mistakes or I pull myself together and move on. I am confident that I will find a team soon, I want to remain in the PSL.

"I think it's those mistakes that cost me my job at Chiefs. But I am still grateful for the opportunity to play for a team of Chiefs' magnitude. I learnt a lot of things,” concluded Vries.

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