Meyiwa helps Chiefs to end lean spell with late strike

Benni gets to taste loss, at last

Sowetan - - Sport - By Mark Gleeson at Cape Town Sta­dium ●

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.

/ CHRIS RICCO/BACKPAGEPIX

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.

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