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Bafana Goalkeeper Nearing Long-Awaited Return

Cape Town City and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Darren Keet is working his way back to fitness, and should be available for selection in the near future.

Keet joined City ahead of the 2021/2022 DStv Premiership campaign but a torn thigh muscle saw him sit out the entire first half of the season.

Keet was expected to step in as the club’s number one after they had sold Dutch keeper Peter Leeuwenburgh the previous season, and his injury was a big blow.

However City acted swiftly and brought in Angolan international Hugo Marques, who has performed admirably for City this campaign. The 35-year-old has played in all 20 competitive games for City this season, picking up eight clean sheets, while also making a number of key saves.

Now with Keet about four weeks away from a return, the goalkeeping competition at City is set to intensify.

iDiski Times visited City’s training recently and Keet looked highly motivated as he got back into the groove, training under City’s Spanish goalkeeper coach Jorge Marugán Escaño.

Keet’s return will not only be a good thing for City, but also possibly for Bafana coach Hugo Broos, who will know the goalkeeper from his time in Belgium.

The former Bidvest Wits keeper had two spells in Belgium. First he spent five seasons with Kortrijk and then after a return to Wits for three seasons, he spent two seasons at OH Leuven.

He returned to South Africa on a short break, before he was set to join an MLS team in the United States, but travel restrictions at the time during the covid-19 pandemic put paid to the USA deal.

Instead he had a short stint under former coach Roger De Sa at Cape Umoya United to keep fit, before signing with City. 

Keet has 13 caps for the national team, having made his debut back in 2013. 

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.