Kermit Erasmus

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Kermit Erasmus
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Erasmus in 2016
Personal information
Full name Kermit Romeo Erasmus[1]
Date of birth (1990-07-08) 8 July 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker, Winger
Club information
Current team
Lens
(on loan from Rennes)
Number 8
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) 35 (11)
2010–2013 Supersport United 57 (14)
2013–2016 Orlando Pirates 65 (17)
2016– Rennes 9 (0)
2017– Lens (loan) 5 (0)
National team
2006–2007 South Africa U-17 7 (6)
2008–2010 South Africa U-20 8 (4)
2010– South Africa 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 February 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2014

Kermit Romeo Erasmus (born 8 July 1990) is a South African professional footballer who currently plays for Lens on loan from Ligue 1 club Rennes and the South African national football team. Though currently based in France, Erasmus has spent most of his career between South Africa and the Netherlands.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Erasmus was groomed by, and graduated from the SuperSport Feyenoord Academy (now SuperSport United Youth Academy) to join Feyenoord but remained at Supersport United on trial for 2007–08 season.[2] During the campaign, Erasmus made 10 appearances and scored once as Supersport clinched their first ever PSL title.[3]

Spell in the Netherlands[edit]

Feyenoord and loan to Excelsior[edit]

On 29 May 2008 Eredivisie side Feyenoord announced the signing of Erasmus on a three-year deal from South African affiliate-club Supersport United[4] and handed him the no. 15 jersey for the 2008-09 season.[5] He made only four appearances for the Rotterdam club during the campaign[6] and in July 2009 it was announced Erasmus would be loaned to satellite club Excelsior in the Eerste Divisie for the following season. Erasmus, together with compatriot Kamohelo Mokotjo and six other Feyenoord players were loaned to Excelsior as a result of a new partnership between the two Rotterdam-based clubs.[7]

Erasmus made his debut for Excelsior on 8 August and netted a late, headed equalizer in a 2-2 draw Telstar.[8] By the conclusion of the season, Erasmus had netted 12 goals in 30 appearances whilst on loan at Excelsior.[6] He would not return to Feyenoord, however, and the no.15 jersey he had previously worn was handed to Mokotjo for the upcoming season.[6] During his time in the Netherlands Erasmus was nominated for the 2009 CAF Most Promising Talent of the Year award but lost out in the end to Ghana's Dominic Adiyiah.[9]

Return to South Africa[edit]

Supersport United[edit]

On 10 July 2010 it was announced that Erasumus would be returning to South Africa to rejoin Supersport United after failing to make the grade at Feyenoord.[6] Eleven days after his return, Erasmus made his second debut for Supersport United and scored what was described as a "sensational strike" in an MTN 8 loss against Moroka Swallows.[10]

On 26 May 2012, Erasmus scored the second goal in Matsatsantsa's 2-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup final.[11] He left Supersport United at the end of the following season having made over 50 league appearances during his second spell at the club.

Orlando Pirates[edit]

On 23 July 2013, Irvin Khoza, the Chairman of Orlando Pirates, confirmed the signing of Erasmus from Supersport United.[12] The following day Pirates lodged a request to CAF for Erasmus to be registered for the upcoming CAF Champions League campaign. The request was denied, however, as Erasmus had already represented Supersport United in the CAF Confederations Cup earlier in the season.[13] As per CAF regulations, a player is only eligible to feature for one club in CAF inter-club competitions during the course of a season.[13]

The 2014-15 season proved to be the most fruitful of Erasmus' spell in Soweto as he netted a career-best 10 goals over the course of the PSL campaign. He also scored his first professional hat-trick on 2 May in a 3-0 CAF Confederations Cup win over Gabonese side CF Mounana.[14] Erasmus then crowned the season off in style on 17 May by netting a match-winning brace as Orlando Pirates triumphed 3-1 over Bidvest Wits to lift the 2014 Nedbank Cup.[15]

On 8 January 2016 Erasmus was named in the 18-man CAF Team of the Year.[16] He had also been nominated for the 2015 CAF African-based African Player of the Year award alongside Orlando Pirates teammate Filipe Ovono but eventually lost out to Mbwana Ally Samatta of Tanzania.[17] Eight days later, he netted a late equalizer in 3-3 PSL draw with Maritzburg United, with Pirates having trailed 3-0 in the first half.[18] The goal proved to be Erasmus' final contribution for the Sea Robbers as the following week he completed a move to French Ligue 1 side Rennes.

France[edit]

Rennes[edit]

On 28 January 2016 Erasmus signed for Ligue 1 club Rennes on a two-and-a-half-year deal.[19] He made his debut for the club on 13 March, coming on as an 80th-minute substitute for Pedro Henrique in a 2-2 draw with Lyon.[20] His only other appearance for the season came on the final day of the campaign in a 2-1 loss to Bastia which saw Rennes end eighth in Ligue 1.[21]

“He [Erasmus] is someone who is very willing and very respectful. His qualities are based on speed and power and his quality in front of goal. He will offer other possibilities to Rolland Courbis and his technical staff.”

Mikaël Silvestre, representing Rennes.[22]

He made his first appearance of the following campaign in Rennes' opening match of the season, coming on as a second-half substitute for Gélson Fernandes in a 1-0 defeat to Nice.[23]

Loan to Lens[edit]

On 21 January 2017, Erasmus signed for Ligue 2 side Lens for the remainder of the season.[24]

International career[edit]

Youth national team[edit]

Erasmus represented South Africa at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt and scored three goals throughout the course of the tournament.[25]

Senior national team[edit]

Erasmus was called up to the senior squad for the first time in March 2008 for South Africa's friendly against Zimbabwe. In doing so, he was in line to break the record then-held by former captain Aaron Mokoena and become South Africa's youngest ever full international.[2] He did not take to the field and had to wait until 4 September 2010 before he made his debut, coming on as a second-half substitute for Katlego Mphela against Niger in a 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier.[26] Erasmus had to wait a further three years before scoring his first goal for South Africa, finally netting in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Botswana on 7 September 2013.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 29 November 2016[28]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Other4 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Supersport United 2007-08 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1
Total 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1
Feyenoord 2008-09 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
Excelsior (loan) 2009-10 31 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 36 12
Total 35 12 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 42 12
Supersport United 2010-11 19 4 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 22 5
2011-12 19 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 5
2012-13 19 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 22 5
Total 57 14 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 64 15
Orlando Pirates 2013-14 26 4 2 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 32 5
2014-15 26 10 2 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 32 12
2015-16 13 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 4
Total 65 17 7 2 8 2 0 0 0 0 80 21
Rennes 2015-16 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2016-17 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Total 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Career Total 175 45 12 2 10 3 2 0 4 0 205 49

1 Includes Telkom Knockout and KNVB Beker matches. 2 Includes MTN 8 matches. 3 Includes UEFA Europa League and CAF Champions League matches. 4 Includes Jupiler Playoff matches.

Appearances in CAF Confederations Cup
Year Club Appearances Goals
2013 Supersport United 5 1
2015 Orlando Pirates 10 5
Total 15 6

International[edit]

As of 16 March 2016.[29]
National team Year Apps Goals
South Africa 2010 2 0
2011 1 0
2012 1 0
2013 4 1
2014 3 0
Total 11 1

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

Personal life[edit]

In 2010 Erasmus starred in the award winning feature Documentary film Soka Afrika which highlighted the plight of young footballers across Africa.[30] He is married to Lauren Koehoorn and the couple have two children together.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Supersport United

Orlando Pirates

Individual[edit]

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. ^ a b "Erasmus can make history". Supersport. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Erasmus returning to Holland". KickOff. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Feyenoord Legt Kermit Erasmus Vast" [Feyenoord sign Kermit Erasmus] (in Dutch). Feyenoord. 29 May 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Rugnummers Eerste Training" [Feyenoord Squad Numbers] (in Dutch). Feyenoord. 5 July 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Kermit Erasmus reunites with Gavin Hunt". KickOff. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Kermit Erasmus keert terug naar Supersport United" [Kermit Erasmus returns to Supersport United] (in Dutch). Feyenoord. 10 July 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Erasmus scores on debut". KickOff. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Didier Drogba named African Footballer of the Year for the second time". Daily Mail. 12 March 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Swallows beat SuperSport in MTN8". KickOff. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "SuperSport United 2-0 Mamelodi Sundowns: Matsatsantsa win Nedbank Cup title". Goal. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Orlando Pirates sign SuperSport striker Kermit Erasmus". Orlando Pirates. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  13. ^ a b Fakude, Ernst (31 July 2013). "OKermit Erasmus can't play in CAF Champions League". KickOff. Retrieved 16 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "Erasmus hat-trick helps Pirates advance in Confederation Cup". BBC. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "Pirates win Nedbank Cup". Supersport. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "Erasmus earns place in Africa XI bench". Orlando Pirates. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  17. ^ "Bucs Duo for Top CAF Award". Orlando Pirates. 8 November 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  18. ^ "Bucs earn draw after amazing comeback". Orlando Pirates. 16 January 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  19. ^ "Kermit Erasmus: South African striker joins French side Rennes". BBC. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  20. ^ "Former Orlando Pirates striker Kermit Erasmus makes Rennes debut". KickOff. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  21. ^ "Erasmus' Rennes Finish Eighth". Soccer Laduma. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  22. ^ "Rennes on why they signed Erasmus". KickOff. Retrieved 15 March 2016
  23. ^ "Kermit Erasmus makes substitute appearance as Rennes suffer opening defeat". KickOff. 14 August 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  24. ^ "Kermit Erasmus loaned from Rennes to Lens". Kick Off. 21 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  25. ^ Strydom, Marc (4 June 2012). "'It was a mistake to come back home'". Sunday World. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  26. ^ Tlou, Clyde (4 September 2010). "South Africa 2-0 Niger: Steven Pienaar inspires Bafana to easy win". Goal. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  27. ^ Cooper, Ryan (7 September 2013). "South Africa Botswana 2014 World Cup qualifier". Kickoff. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  28. ^ Kermit Erasmus at Soccerway. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  29. ^ "Erasmus, Kermit". National Football Teams. Retrieved 16 March 2016. 
  30. ^ "About The Film". Soka Afrika. January 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2016. 

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