CAPE TOWN – Siphelele Mthembu hasn’t scored a goal for Cape Town City for longer than he’d care to remember.
The 32-year-old South African international was going great guns in the Premier League last season and was his side’s top goal-scorer with seven goals heading into the showdown with Kaizer Chiefs at the end of January.
The striker would be on the end of a cynical challenge from Chiefs defender Teenage Hadebe that saw him out of action for a month. His place was taken by new signing Kermit Erasmus. Mthembu wasn’t able to find top form on his return.
Fast-forward to this season and the tall, athletically built-marksman nicknamed “Shaka Zulu” has made three appearances for City in their four league games and looks to be getting back to his old self.
“As a striker you always want to score goals for the team, when injuries sometimes set you back, you become worried and put pressure on yourself,” said Mthembu. “But when you have a coach (Benni McCarthy) who understands such challengers you get motivation and you start to work hard again. The coach always pushes us to make scoring a habit in training and he doesn’t force us to try hard, he motivates us to become calm, goals will come.”