Even R1m a month wouldn't get me to Downs, says Darren Keet
Goalkeeper says he wants to stay at Wits or possibly play overseas
Bidvest Wits and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Darren Keet says he would turn down Mamelodi Sundowns even if Patrice Motsepe’s champions dangled a R1m a month carrot in front of him.
Keet’s contract is set to come to an end in the coming weeks, but he insisted on Wednesday that he would either remain at Wits or move to an overseas team.
“I would love to see that‚” joked Keet when asked what he would do if Sundowns were to dangle a R1m a month carrot in front of him.
“There’s no reason for me to leave and any money any other club can offer‚ Wits can pay me also. So it’s not even about the money. We’ve got more chances of winning the league (at Wits) than any other team‚ so there’s no reason for me to even bother or want to leave.”
Keet became an instant hero in SA on Sunday night after his stunning display against Libya prompted Bafana supporters to add “Kity Kity” to his list of nicknames.
Bafana qualified for the African Nations Cup by winning the encounter 2-1 and the keeper’s breathtaking saves contributed to the win that guaranteed the ticket to Egypt.
Questions about Keet’s future were always going to come up after that performance, but he shot them down.
“Obviously there’s talk‚ and there’s always going to be an interest in players around SA and it’s no different for me‚” he said. “My contract is coming to an end and if a player is free it makes it easier for a club because they don’t have to pay the transfer fees and things like that.
“No I’m not going to do things like that (joining Sundowns). I’m not looking to join any club in SA. If there’s no overseas club I will stay at Wits.
“Like I said‚ there’s no better place for me than right here. My family is happy‚ the club likes me and I like the club. I just want to win the league and make sure that we do whatever we can to win the Nedbank Cup also. That’s all that matters.”
Wits host Chippa United in the last 8 of the Nedbank Cup at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday.