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Moon works on his game from the bench

2019-01-12 20:36

Kaizer Chiefs striker Ryan Moon says he appreciates having legendary striker Shaun Bartlett to help him improve his game.

“I think it’s brilliant to have Shaun because we can learn a lot from him.

“I think his overall ability to show us ways to perform is good for each and every one of us in that position. For me, it’s great to learn from a striker who has done it,” enthused Moon.

Bartlett – a former Chiefs and Bafana Bafana top marksman – was recently roped in as coach Ernst Middendorp’s assistant at Naturena.

Moon had a promising 2017/18 season, during which he scored five goals, but this season he has struggled for game time.

Now under the guidance of Bartlett, the 22-year-old believes has the opportunity to learn and remain focused as he continues to fight for a place in the starting 11.

“For me, it’s about focusing on myself because there is a lot of good players here at Chiefs and I’m learning from them.”

Amakhosi have made progress in the CAF Confederation Cup, which will allow fringe players a chance to get a run if the team reaches the group stages.

Tomorrow they face Zambian side Zesco United in their second preliminary round match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium at 3pm.

Moon is yet to find the back of the net locally, but he scored in Chiefs’ 3-0 second leg win against Madagascar’s Elgeco Plus in the continental tournament last month.

“It was good to get on the scoresheet in the Confederation Cup. That’s the most important thing, when you get the opportunity you take it.”

He said it was good working under Middendorp for the second time. The two were together at Maritzburg United, where Moon played in the youth team.

“I’ve worked with coach Ernst before and I think he’s a brilliant coach. I’m looking forward to working under him and coach Shaun.”

He said he puts in as much effort in domestic games as in continental ones.

“It doesn’t make any difference whether it’s in a CAF tournament or a league game, as long as I get game time, stay switched on and focused.”

Bartlett joined Chiefs on a two-and-a-half-year deal to assist the German coach, who replaced Giovanni Solinas last month.

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January 20 2019