South African goalkeeper Darren Keet earns praise after top performance in Belgium

Darren Keet has been showered with praise across Belgium over the last two days for a stellar performance for KV Kortrijk, just days after returning from international duty

Even though he did not play for South Africa in last Wednesday’s friendly against Zambia at Soccer City, the quick trip home seemed to have done the young goalkeeper a world of good as he emerged a potential hero in the Belgian league on Sunday.

Keet, who moved to Belgium last year from BidVest Wits, made a string of vital saves to deny league leaders Anderlecht, looking to keep a four point gap at the top of the table with a home victory.

Keet’s heroics included stopping a late penalty from Anderlecht captain Lucas Biglia. But he was eventually beaten in stoppage time by a close-in shot from Dieumerci Mbokani, the champions’ Democratic Republic of Congo international striker.

“The pressure from Anderlecht kept coming throughout the 90 minutes,” confessed Kortrijk coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck.

“It is perhaps my mistake as the coach that we lost because we should have reinforced our backline for the last 15 minutes.”