Kaizer Chiefs sign former Baroka goalkeeper Virgil Vries

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The 27-year-old spent last season at Baroka, and despite getting enough time under different coaches, the club saw the net to release him

Kaizer Chiefs have officially announced the signing of former Baroka goalkeeper Virgil Vries on a three-year deal.  

Vries was spotted at Naturena on Monday morning, and Bobby Motaung had promised an experienced goalkeeper to replacement Brilliant Khuzwayo, who left for Orlando Pirates at the end of last season.  

Motaung admitted that Khuzwayo's departure left a huge void in their goalkeeping department, and that they needed someone to assist first choice keeper and captain Itumeleng Khune. 

"After Brilliant Khuzwayo left, we wanted to get a seasoned goalkeeper to assist Itumeleng Khune," Motaung told the Amakhosi website. 

“We have a few talented youngsters like Bruce Bvuma and Brylon Petersen who need to work with experienced keepers. We welcome Virgil,” concluded Motaung. 

Vries, 27, has been playing in the PSL since 2011, and he is familiar with the league; something which should be a plus for the Glamour Boys. 

However, given how the management raised the bar by signing three quality players in Khama Billiat, Letlhogonolo Mirwa and Andriamirado Andrianarimanana from Madagascar, Vries' arrival could be met with mixed feelings among the supporters.

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The Namibian goalkeeper made a few goalkeepeing errors in the past, but it was at Maritzburg United where he really proved that he's talented. 

Last season, Vries made 22 appearances for Baroka in all competitions, but he could only manage a mere five clean sheets. 

During his time with Baroka, Vries conceded a whopping 29 goals; a record which he will need to improve on if he is get some regular game time at Naturena.