Sweswe – great goal scorer

Thomas Sweswe is not a great scorer of goals, but a scorer of great goals.

Thomas Sweswe, a scorer of great goals for Kaizer Chiefs.
Thomas Sweswe, a scorer of great goals for Kaizer Chiefs.

Since his days at Sporting Lions, the tough defender has made sure that whenever he puts the ball at the back of the net, it leaves a lasting impression.

On Sunday, he made sure of that when he scored for visiting Kaizer Chiefs against Mamelodi Sundowns at the Lofuts Versveld Stadium in Pretoria.

With Chiefs looking to bring back on track their stuttering campaign for a first league title in seven years, the 30-year-old headed home in the 12th minute, after he got onto the end of a superbly weighted right-wing free-kick from midfielder, Siphiwe Tshabalala.

And there are five reasons why it was not just a goal. It was the Gweru-born player’s first since he joined the Amakhosi in June 2009. It was the first for the Soweto giants in four matches. It brought his team back to winning ways and to within four points of pacesetters, Supersport United. It settled the titanic North Gauteng versus South that had begun with Orlando Pirates beating Supersport United 3-0 Saturday. It also brought Sundowns’ seven-match unbeaten run to an end.

The player was overjoyed.

“I would like to thank God, my family, fans, coaches and teammates for the goal,” said the centre back soon after the game. “It is their goal and I am happy that with it, we managed to get the three points.”

The Brazilians had dominated the game, controlling possession and getting the majority of shots on goal, but the Phefeni Glamour Boys managed to cling onto the win with brilliant goalkeeping from Arthur Bartman.

They are now on joint third spot with 24 points from 13 matches – a point below the Downs, who are placed second.

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