Player's Perspective: The Derby experience

Cape Town City shot stopper Shuaib Walters joins the team with his very own column! This is his Cape Town Derby experience

GOALPLAYER'S PERSPECTIVE    By Shuaib Walters     Follow on Twitter


Allow me to start off with a brief introduction of who I am before I get into some nitty gritty of the past weekend’s football.

My name is Shuaib Walters. I am a Cape Town born, professional football player and I have been playing professional football since 2006, when I first signed with Bloemfontein Celtics. I then moved to Maritzburg United in 2009 until June 2015. In 2015 I signed for Black Aces. The club was then bought by Cape Town businessman Mr. John Comitis in June 2016, where I’m currently the Goalkeeper. I was also part of the FIFA 2010 Bafana squad.

Through I will be sharing my experience as a player to share my opinions on all matters football related and also my own personal experiences on and off the field.

So last week was an interesting build up to Saturday’s Derby (Cape Town City vs Ajax) and what seemed to have fueled the buildup even more was the public display of difference of opinion between the two club owners, some subtle and not so subtle social media rants were also thrown into the already stirred pot. This led to an increase in pressure for both teams to come out victorious on Saturday.


GFX Shuaib Walters, Cape Town City Goalkeeper

I would say there was so much riding on this game for both teams, apart from the 3-points, in essence this game became about bragging rights. As the new club in town and in the league, Cape Town City are still in the process of not just establishing itself as a Cape Town club to reckon with but also to build Cape Town football and its supporter base. Naturally as a team we were hungry to grab this victory.

Now back to the actual game, where the first 25 minutes of the game saw our boys slightly cautious because we knew Ajax had planned for us and they blocked a lot of our passing patterns and it took us awhile to get into the game. Fortunately we have experienced attacking players like Lebogang Manyama, Aubrey Ngoma and Majoro and they could pick up on this and once we began unlocking the defense we were able to score. The second goal resulted from quick thinking from our full back Thami Mkhize and Aubrey Ngoma (Man of the Match). We had a victorious 2-0 result.


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Looking back on our game this past Saturday, what really caught my attention was the fantastic atmosphere and the great vibe amongst the supporters for both teams. As a young boy I experienced watching Cape Town Football Derbies and now I get to experience it from the player’s side, a truly amazing experience.

After the game I chatted to some veteran Cape Town football supporters and many of them spoke of Saturday’s game bringing back old memories of Cape Town football of yesteryear and the atmosphere and spirit of the game, creating nostalgia of great football and entertainment, something we are hoping we can build towards and bring back to the Mother City…..till next week!

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