Bloemfontein Celtic's Buchanan a Bafana prospect

Goal spoke to Bloemfontein Celtic’s rising talent Keagan Buchanan, as he reflected on scoring his first PSL goal over the weekend and his relationship with teammate Lyle Lakay.

By Shifaan Ryklief

Buchanan scored the opening goal against Tuks in the 27th minute, during a (2-0) win at the Free State Stadium. The youngster admits that he’s been lacking in the goal scoring department since he started at Phunya Sele Sele this season, but it’s something he's been working on in training.

“It was a good experience putting the ball into the back of the net and it was a real confidence booster, if I can help the team by scoring then that’s good,” Buchanan told Goal.

The rising talent from Cape Town, only 22 years of age is a possible Bafana Bafana prospect for the future. He has a fantastic background having been brought up within the Ajax CT youth structures since the age of eight. Buchanan left for Sundowns reserve team at the tender age of 16 and spent a year there, before coming back home to the Mother City to finish up his schooling.

“I basically grew up in the Ajax structures, whatever I’ve learnt in football I have to give to Ajax Cape Town,” Buchanan added to Goal.

While back in Cape Town attending to his academic responsibilities, football never took a backseat when he got game time at the Old Mutual Academy and competed in the prestigious Metropolitan u/19 Premier Cup (Bayhill Tournament). The Bayhill is well known for producing some of Cape Town’s finest talent with the likes of Benni McCarthy, Steven Pienaar and Ayanda Patosi to name a few. The sensational Buchanan was approached by Supersport United after the tournament and he spent the next three years in their reserve team.

Things were not always perfect for Buchanan, he had some setbacks at home and returned once again to Cape Town to be close to his mother who was ill at the time. In the same breath he signed a contract with NFD outfit FC Cape Town where he gained invaluable game time.

“My mom is doing very well now. But my gran past away a month back, I was very close with my gran, she was like a mother to me so it was a big loss.

I’m grateful for FC Cape Town because they gave me game time, I think I played every game for 90 minutes for two full seasons. I think the NFD helped me a lot in terms of mental strength,” said Buchanan.

He added that when he arrived at Siwelele, he immediately felt at home because there was already a bunch of Cape Town guys in the camp.

“When I got here Lyle (Lakay), Kurt (Lentjies), Ruzaigh (Gamildien) and Dominic Isaacs were already here and they knew the ins and outs of the team. Lyle helped me a lot when I got here and gave me some good tips,” he said.

“I’ve played with Lyle since under-12 when we both played for the provincial team. We played together at Old Mutual, Supersport, FC Cape Town and now at Bloemfontein Celtic. We were also together in the under 20 national team.

“I think we’ve played in the same team for our entire life,” he told Goal.

Still, very early in his career, Buchanan says that one of his highlights was his goal over the weekend. Another memorable highlight was his time spent abroad with Tottenham Hotspurs for an assessment. He excitedly explained what an unbelievable experience it was for him to train alongside David Beckham when he was over there.

“Only God knows where I’m going to from here, but for my own ambitions, my dream has always been to go to Europe and play for the national team.

“I am happy at Celtic, it’s a great team with a good setup and fantastic supporters. I’m not looking for a big contract anywhere in South Africa, I’m fine where I am now but obviously if there’s an opportunity in Europe (Netherlands or Belgium) I’m likely to grab it,” he concluded.