After moving from Nelspruit where they played as Mpumalanga Black Aces, Cape Town City have now won their first two matches at their new Mother City home.
And after beating Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 in the quarterfinal of the MTN8 on Friday evening, Man of the Match and goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters said: “We took our chance. We want to make Cape Town our fortress and that it’s going to be tough for our |opponents.”
Even after beating Polokwane in their first PSL outing earlier in the week, City were perhaps the underdogs heading into the match against the Soweto giants.
But in football, they say the game plan is everything.
And that was certainly the case on Friday as City carried out coach Eric Tinkler’s chosen system and strategy brilliantly.
They sat deep, allowed Chiefs to have the ball in non-threatening areas, and then hit the |opposition on the break.
In addition, City worked tirelessly and played with discipline and composure, even when they were under pressure from Chiefs.
Chiefs were on the front foot from the opening whistle, but conceded when they were unable to deal with the speed and efficiency of City’s counter-attacks.
Amakhosi’s Lewis Macha had a header parried for a corner by Walters in the seventh minute and, from the resultant set-piece, the Capetonians scored.
Australian Matt Sim made a good clearing header from the corner and then City hit back on the break.
Bhongolwethu Jayiya and Lebogang Manyama combined swiftly, and it was the same Sim who dashed the length of the field to be in the Chiefs penalty box to meet Jayiya’s pass and net a |fantastic goal, from a wonderful piece of transitional football.
For the rest of half, the Soweto side was in the ascendancy as they tried desperately to get back on level terms.
City’s admirable discipline and dogged defensive organisation kept Amakhosi at bay, however – and, when the opportunity arrived, the Cape side’s counter-attacks always troubled the opposition.
More importantly, they held on for the win.