Meyiwa helps Chiefs to end lean spell with late strike
Benni gets to taste loss, at last
Kaizer Chiefs’ youngest ever player scored on debut after veteran Siphiwe Tshabalala netted the opener to see the club to their first victory of the season, as they ended Cape Town City’s 100 percent start with a 2-0 away triumph last night.
It was a night of history for Wiseman Meyiwa, who at 17 years, eight months and 17 days is the youngest debutant in club history in a league match and then scored, near the end, to loudly announce his arrival on the Premier Soccer League stage.
Tshabalala had put Chiefs ahead just after half-time but they had to weather a massive storm from the home side before Meyiwa made sure of the point with a goal of some maturity.
It was like Hurricane Irma at times as Chiefs sat back and took a battering but with Willard Katsande at his heroic best, their dam wall did not burst in the face of the City storm.
After five successive wins, City’s new coach Benni McCarthy has now tasted a first defeat but more importantly for his opposite number Steve Komphela, it was a rare chance for a broad smile.
“How sweet when a youngster plays like this,” he said of Meyiwa’s performance. “He’s got a heart like a lion.”
Home midfielder Teko Modise had the first shot on goal but went wide after eight minutes with a drive from outside the penalty area. The veteran was off the field some 10 minutes later with a groin injury.
Elsewhere last night, champions Bidvest Wits’ struggles continued as they were beaten 3-1 at home by Golden Arrows.
Wits have now gone six matches without a win, and this puts them under pressure as they prepare to take on Chiefs on Saturday. The Students beat Arrows in a cup match earlier - on penalties.
Bhongolethu Jayiya of Kaizer Chiefs battles for the ball with Vincent Kobola of Cape Town City during last night’s Absa Premiership clash at Cape Town Stadium.