Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Arthur Bartman credits his great performance during the Premier Soccer League match against Mamelodi Sundowns at Super Stadium at the weekend to goalkeeper coach Rainer Dinkelacker.Bartman was voted Man of the Match on Saturday after pulling off great saves against Sundowns, thereby ensuring that his team returned to Naturena with a point.
Speaking to the media when receiving his award after the game against the Brazilians in Atteridgeville, the former Bay United goalkeeper said that he wanted to share the praise for his performance on the day with Dinkelacker.
“It feels good to receive such accolades for my performance today," he noted. "Credit must go to my goalkeeper coach. He has kept me working hard, and since I joined Kaizer Chiefs I have lost four kilograms. I am also quicker now than before. What I like most about him is that he not is only good goalkeeper coach but also a father figure. I wish I had him earlier in my soccer career.”
With Itumeleng Khune on the road to recovery, Bartman remains unfazed about the challenge of fighting for the Amakhosi No.1 shirt once the South Africa net-minder returns from his injury.
“I am fighter," he announced. "Football is about challenges. I am currently making the best of my chance and once he comes back, I will be ready for the challenge.”
With the Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates set to be played on October 31, the Amakhosi goalkeeper refused to share his thoughts about what could be one of his biggest games of his career.
“We have two games to play before we start thinking about the game against Pirates. We need to concentrate to those two games before thinking about the Derby,” he concluded.