One of Kaizer Chiefs’ most celebrated and successful goalkeepers, William Shongwe, has hailed Amakhosi’s man of the moment Bruce Bvuma, but also gave him some important old-fashioned advice – “remember you are only as good as your last game”.
Bvuma grabbed the headlines and the plaudits for his sensational man of the match clean sheet performance against Wydad Athletic Club in Casablanca last weekend.
As Wydad return to Johannesburg for the second leg of the CAF Champions League semi-final on Saturday, 26 June, ‘Cool Cat’ has urged Bvuma to keep calm and forget about his recent exploits.
“Bruce has been with the club for a long time now and the team’s management know the talent he has. But ability sometimes is not enough. You need experience and it’s only playing games that can give you that. Sometimes you need to be thrown into the deep end, to see if you can sink or swim. Bruce has played a few league games and picked up confidence. And now he’s played big games, on the big stage. He’s played a big part in helping Chiefs come this far in the CAF Champions League and shown he’s ready for big-time football,” says Shongwe.
The Swazi ‘keeper incredibly won nine cup trophies with the Amakhosi from 1986 to 1992, not losing a single cup final when in goal for Kaizer Chiefs and he played a big part in ensuring the team retained their cup-winning culture.
But for all his success, Shongwe says he had 15 agonising years as a pro, because he was always worrying about and preparing for the next game – a trait that kept him on his toes throughout his career.
Now, he is urging Kaizer Chiefs to keep going on their African journey and imploring Bvuma and his team-mates to stay ‘cool’.
“I thought going to Morocco a 1-1 draw would be a great result. Now, they’ve overachieved and won away! But that can be a problem at times. They might think all is in their favour and go into the home game thinking it is a done deal. Management must ensure the team calms down and stress that there’s a next game, which could be different altogether. They can’t be extravagant, they must stay disciplined and get the job done, and remember that you are only as good as your last game,” concluded Shongwe.
Kaizer Chiefs will take a priceless away goal into the second leg of their CAF Champions League semi-final against Wydad Athletic Club at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, 26 June.
Kick-off is at 18:00.