Makalegs has fortnight to shine

Chippa United give former teenage prodigy a chance to revive career
Former teenage prodigy Mkhanyiseli Siwahla is hoping for a Premier Soccer League comeback at new boys Chippa United … and been given two weeks to show his worth.

“He is on trial with us trying to revive his career,” said coach Roger Sikhakhane.

“We’ll be giving him another two weeks before we make a final decision.”

Sihwala, nicknamed ‘Makalegs’, was just 15 years and 174 days old when he became the youngest goal scorer in Premier Soccer League history with a goal for Ajax against Dynamos in an ABSA Cup match, although his date of birth has long been the subject of conjecture.

Now allegedly 24, Siwahla is on trial at Chippa United having failed to fulfill his early potential.

Having been hailed as the new hope of South African football, it seemed success came too quickly for Cape Town-born Siwahla who Ajax let go in 2009.

His precocious style of playing has made him a quick favourite with fans but he was never able to shake off the image of a ‘showboating’ player who offered little in terms of the overall team performance and also often accused of ill-discipline.

Siwhala, who was capped at both under-20 and under-23 level, moved to Bloemfontein Celtic in 2009 but made just two starts and three substitute appearances and was let go after just six months.

He then signed a two-year deal at FC Cape Town in the National First Division, and had a trial in Turkey, but is now again seeking a job in the top flight.