Kermit Erasmus

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Kermit Erasmus
Personal information
Full name Kermit Romeo Erasmus[1]
Date of birth (1990-07-08) 8 July 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Orlando Pirates
Number 95
Youth career
Rangers (South Africa)
Park United
Supersport United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Supersport United 10 (1)
2008–2010 Feyenoord 4 (0)
2009–2010 Excelsior (loan) 30 (12)
2010–2013 Supersport United 57 (14)
2013– Orlando Pirates 3 (3)
National team
2006–2007 South Africa U-17 7 (6)
2008–2010 South Africa U-20 8 (4)
2010– South Africa 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 September 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 December 2013

Kermit Romeo Erasmus (born 8 July 1990) is a South African footballer who currently plays for Orlando Pirates.

Career[edit]

Erasmus was promoted to the first team of Supersport United at the start of the 2007–08 season and scored the first professional goal of his career in a 3–1 league win against Ajax Cape Town on 4 March 2008.[2]

He signed a pre-contract with Dutch side Feyenoord and joined them for the 2008–2009 season after turning 18. His surname Erasmus is the same name of Desiderius Erasmus, a Dutch humanist who up and until this day is highly respected in Rotterdam, the city of his new club Feyenoord. In July 2009, it was announced Erasmus would be playing for satellite club Excelsior in the 2009–10 season, in the second division on a loan-deal, together with 7 other Feyenoord players as a result of a new partnership between the two Rotterdam-based clubs.[3]

Erasmus got off to a flying start for his new club, as he played his first match for Excelsior from start to finish and went on to score a late equaliser against Telstar. In his fifth game for Excelsior, Erasmus scored a brace against FC Eindhoven, helping his team to come back from 4–1 behind to draw 4–4. Erasmus finished his loan, playing in 30 of the 36 games for Excelsior that season, scoring eleven goals.[4]

On 10 July 2010, Feyenoord announced that Erasmus will return to his former club Supersport United, as he would not be given a chance within the first team squad. On 21 August 2010, Erasmus scored a sensational strike in the MTN 8 cup in his first competitive match against Moroka Swallows, but Supersport went on to lose on penalties and were knocked out.[5]

In 2011 he was offered a contract by Hungarian champions Videoton FC but SuperSport United rejected a 160,000 euro bid.[6]

On 23 July 2013, Irvin Khoza, the Chairman of Orlando Pirates, confirmed the signing of Erasmus.[7]

International career[edit]

He made his national team debut on 4 September 2010. He came on as a second half substitute against Niger during a 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier.

Erasmus' first goal for South Africa came on 7 September in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Botswana.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 7 September 2013 Moses Mabhida Stadium Durban, South Africa  Botswana 1–0 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009 – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). p. 16. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "United Sign New Players". Supersportunited.co.za. 24 February 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Kermit Erasmus keert terug naar Supersport United" [Kermit Erasmus returns to Supersport United]. Feyenoord.nl (in Dutch). 10 July 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Kermit Erasmus – Soccer Repository". Fanvegas.org. 8 July 1990. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Erasmus terug naar Zuid-Afrika". Ad.nl. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  6. ^ SuperSport reject a "ridiculous" offer for Kermit Erasmus from Videoton | News - KickOff Magazine
  7. ^ "Orlando Pirates sign SuperSport striker Kermit Erasmus". Orlando Pirates. 23 July 2013. 

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