Komphela: Meyiwa is fearless
Posted: 15 September 2017 Time: 08:02
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has described midfielder Wiseman Meyiwa as “fearless”, after the teenager scored on debut against Cape Town City on Wednesday.
Meyiwa became the youngest player to score for Chiefs at 17 years and eight months, when he calmly slotted the ball home to secure a 2-0 victory over the Citizens.
Meyiwa, who turns 18 on September 27, did not show any signs of nervousness, as he got stuck into the challenges in midfield.
"What led us to take the decision [to play him] is the quality he gives. The boy is fearless. Sometimes on the training ground he comes like a 30-year-old, very aggressive," Komphela said.
"When you have 'Mido' [George Maluleka], [Willard] Katsande and you have Meyiwa, they go for a challenge and you get the same thing, I don’t look at age. The boy is quite confident, a great character and it’s nice to have that. He does the same thing Katsande would do at any given time."
Komphela believes Amakhosi have good systems in place to protect the player. Meyiwa will start getting a lot of attention, especially if he continues to do well.
"The only thing one can wish for is just to help the kid. Let’s all protect him. Sometimes exposure depends on how we handle it, but we have systems at Chiefs which are solid.
"The boy comes from a very good upbringing and in terms of cultural definition of our people in South Africa, he comes from traditionally high respecting people and very humble. I hope he maintains the same, but I am happy for him and for the club as well."
Meyiwa is part of a growing list of national under-20 players who are starting to play in the PSL. Teboho Mokoena and Sipho Mbule are showing their class at SuperSport United, while Grant Margeman has been a regular for Ajax Cape Town.
Komphela believes this will help Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter.
"I think it helps Stuart and everybody in the national team. If you look at the German team that played in the Confederations Cup; fairly young team, but capable. They even won the tournament.
"They still have their senior team, so the same should happen in South Africa. The minute you have talent coming through like that, then you say there’s something right happening."