Kaizer Chiefs steam rolled their way into the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup this weekend after putting EDU Sports to the sword in a 4-0 victory. The game was remembered for one feat and one feat only, Siphelele Mthembu’s hat trick.
To be honest, I feel this is just a case of Mthembu’s frustration being directed in the right way. Game by game, Shaka Zulu faces the pattern of knowing that the chance of not being selected is much greater than the chance of being selected on match day.
Earlier on in the season, Chiefs took on Ajax Cape Town in a league encounter at a time where none of Amakhosi’s first choice strikers were available for selection.
The only one waiting in line was indeed Mthembu, and he may have felt that it could have been his chance to show coach Stuart Baxter and his technical staff what he is made of. However, and to his dismay, he was snubbed, only for winger Siphiwe Tshabalala to play in a false number nine role.
Prior to this unbelievable feat of an Amakhosi striker netting a hat trick, Mthembu’s last meaningful contribution to the team was scoring in the Soweto derby off the bench earlier this season. The man clearly has a goal or two in him, it’s just sad that he does not get many first team opportunities.
If this is not a sign for Baxter to start Shaka Zulu, I don’t know what it would take.
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