Former Kaizer Chiefs Goalkeeper Compares Bontle Molefe’s Current Situation to Late Senzo Meyiwa’s Early Career at Orlando Pirates

Former Kaizer Chiefs Goalkeeper Compares Bontle Molefe’s Current Situation to Late Senzo Meyiwa’s Early Career at Orlando Pirates

Bontle Molefe, a young and talented goalkeeper, has been a part of the Kaizer Chiefs setup since 2019. Graduating from the Diski Challenge at the age of 16, Molefe was seen as a future star with potential comparable to that of legendary goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.

Khune himself has praised Molefe, calling him a “great goalkeeper” who is ready for the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

Comparison to Senzo Meyiwa

Former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper William Shongwe recently compared Molefe’s situation to that of the late Senzo Meyiwa during his early days at Orlando Pirates. Meyiwa, much like Molefe, had to wait patiently for his chance to prove his worth.

Promoted to Pirates’ senior team in 2005 at the age of 21, Meyiwa initially served as an understudy to Francis Chansa. It wasn’t until the 2007/08 season that Meyiwa got significant playing time.

The Role of Patience in a Goalkeeper’s Career

Shongwe emphasized the unique challenges faced by goalkeepers, highlighting the need for a special kind of patience. “With goalkeepers, it is a very strange position; you need to have a different character altogether,” Shongwe told FARPost.

He pointed out that many goalkeepers become frustrated due to a lack of playing time, but those who bide their time often find success eventually.

Meyiwa’s Path to Success

Senzo Meyiwa’s career trajectory serves as an inspiring example. After spending time on the sidelines, he seized his opportunity when it came, eventually becoming the first-choice goalkeeper for Orlando Pirates.

His perseverance paid off, and he went on to achieve great success before his untimely death.

Molefe’s Current Situation

Currently, Bontle Molefe finds himself as the fourth-choice goalkeeper for Kaizer Chiefs, behind experienced players like Itumeleng Khune, Brandon Petersen, and Bruce Bvuma.

Despite his eagerness to play, Molefe has not yet been given the chance to showcase his skills in the first team. However, he continues to train diligently and wait for his opportunity.

Encouragement from Former Players

Shongwe’s comparison is not just about drawing parallels but also about providing encouragement. He recounted his conversations with Bruce Bvuma, advising him to be patient and ready to seize his chance when it comes.

This advice is equally relevant to Molefe, who, at 21, still has time to make his mark.

Challenges Faced by Kaizer Chiefs

The current struggles of Kaizer Chiefs as a club also play a role in Molefe’s situation. The team is focused on achieving good results and winning trophies, which makes it difficult to take risks with young, untested players.

This environment requires Molefe to be even more patient and prepared to take advantage of any opportunity that arises.

Conclusion: The Road Ahead for Molefe

The comparison between Bontle Molefe and Senzo Meyiwa underscores the importance of patience and readiness for goalkeepers.

Molefe’s journey at Kaizer Chiefs mirrors Meyiwa’s early career at Orlando Pirates, highlighting the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

As Molefe continues to train and wait for his chance, he can draw inspiration from Meyiwa’s story and the encouragement of those who have walked a similar path.

The young goalkeeper’s potential remains undeniable, and his future success may well be a matter of time and perseverance.