Player Perspective: Looking back at the MTN8

It was a weekend of MTN8 football, athletes securing gold and women changing the world. Shuaib Walters gives the Player Perspective


The season kicked off last weekend with the MTN8, finally quenching the thirst for football!

The first game was between Bidvest Wits and Golden Arrows and what an exciting game it was.

Arrows came out guns blazing scoring two goals in the first half. They also had an additional advantage when Wits player Slavko Damjanovic was sent off in his debut match. That was just the start of things, with the match ending with the dismissal of three players and two coaches in total.

I feel that Arrows threw it away by conceding an unnecessary penalty and allowing Wits back into the game. It finally ended with Wits going through 4-3 on penalties.


Our team - Cape Town City for the football newbies- went up against Polokwane City. We created some good chances and we should have taken the lead earlier in the game but we eventually took the lead with an own goal.

I was also forced into a one-on-one save which I feel has built my confidence for the remainder of the game and the season. This is very important at the start of the season for all players as this can set the trend for your performance and influence the confidence of the individual for the rest of the season.

We now must take what we have learnt from our own match and what happened to Arrows as we prepare for Wits in the next stage of the competition.

The game between Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United was a solid nail biter as Kaizer Chiefs hit the goal post three times during the game and the final result once again showed us how cruel football can be. Chiefs created many chances but eventually lost 1-0 to SSU.

On Sunday Maritzburg United took on Mamelodi Sundowns and came out victorious thanks to a goal from Evans Rusike. Maritzburg United definitely came with a clear plan, but because of the way Sundowns played it looked like they were being pushed back.

Sundowns also created a few chances in the second half and a player of Hlompho Kekana’s calibre would normally have scored with the chances he created.


What I was thrilled to see was that all these clubs have a local coach - which is a very positive aspect for local coaching in our country! It shows that our coaches are growing and it can only get better from here.

Enough about football. Let us continue to pay tribute and celebrate woman of South Africa this month.

Congratulations to Caster Semenya for bringing home the gold…. again!! The respect I have for this wonder woman is immeasurable.

My next tribute may not be sport-related but I found this story so heart-warming and amazing that I just needed to share it.

A Cape Town traffic officer, Nolusindiso Piyose, went on a  three month search to find a runaway teenager that was living on the streets of Cape Town to help reunite him with his family in Johannesburg.


Her motivation for not giving up the search was, “doing the right thing”! Traffic officer Nolusindiso also received a commendation badge from the City of Cape Town for “outstanding work”.

We should start a movement #doingtherightthing – please take some time to find and read the full story.

It’s these types of stories that gives us hope that there are still many good people out there.

As was mentioned in last week’s column, I could carry on about all the amazing things that women are achieving and even though I cannot mention everyone, I want to take this time to thank all woman for all the amazing things they achieve daily.

I’d like to end off this week by requesting that my fellow Capetonians to come and watch our games please - we need all your support…… Till next week!


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