Kaizer Chiefs defender Teenage Hadebe has admitted that the ABSA Premiership has been a big step up for him‚ with the game in South Africa played at a much higher tempo than in Zimbabwe.

In an interview with TimesLive, a South African news website, the 22-year-old said the SA PSL is quite challenging and has picked up more yellow cards since he joined the league in August from Chicken Inn.

“I never used to get yellow cards. I’ve never been on suspension – but here it’s different,” said Hadebe.

“The PSL is very difficult and different to Zimbabwe. When you play for the first time, it won’t be easy‚ because the ABSA Premiership is a very high tempo.”

But Hadebe has since established himself as a regular in Amakhosi’s central defence.

He also said the pressure was on him after two Chiefs signings last season from Chicken Inn‚ Michelle Katsvairo and Edmore Chirambadare‚ flopped.

“Ja‚ honestly speaking‚ the pressure was on my side because you know‚ the fans will talk‚ this and this‚ bad or good things. But at the end of the day as a player, you have to be strong and prove them wrong.”

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