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Buchanan praises Tinkler influence

Maritzburg United midfielder Keagan Buchanan has credited coach Eric Tinkler for his return to form since arriving at the club from Kaizer Chiefs.

Buchanan fell short of expectations at Amakhosi after he joined From Bloemfontein Celtic and he felt his style play did not suit what then coach Steve Komphela was trying to do with his side.

Conversely, he feels like the system used by Tinkler plays to his strengths.

"I think the way the team [now] is playing, my strength comes out more, the setup with coach Tinkler," Buchanan, according to KickOff.

"Maybe that time with coach Steve Komphela at Chiefs, my style was not suited for what he wanted at the time. As a player you need to respect that you know.

"People always ask why I didn't do well at Chiefs. Obviously I don't respond but obviously situations are different and coaches want different things.

"I can never say if coach Tinkler was at Chiefs three years ago I would've made the same thing, but that's football, yeah."

Buchanan did not get on the scoresheet, but had a solid outing last week when Maritzburg stunned Chiefs by beating them 2-1 at the FNB Stadium, blowing the Premiership title race wide open.

He has been in fantastic form all season and admits it would be a dream come true if he were to earn a called up to Bafana Bafana as a result.

"Every player's dream is to play in the national team, but for me my first and foremost goal is to stay on the field. I'm just happy that I can train and play, able to contribute," he said.