Absa Premiership

Moon: I said I would score

Ryan Moon (Gallo Images)
Ryan Moon (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs striker Ryan Moon told a technical team member before the Golden Arrows match that he would find the back of the net if he got onto the park.

Moon only had a couple of appearances in the top flight for Maritzburg United before Chiefs saw his potential and snapped him up ahead of the current season.

Before Saturday's match against Abafana bes'Thende, the 20-year-old Moon had only been given four minutes of game-time in two substitute appearances off the bench for Amakhosi.

But he was to make his mark in spectacular style as he came off the bench late in the second half to control George Lebese's cross on his chest, before a sublime second touch saw him turning to face goal, followed by a clinical and composed finish into the bottom corner.

It was a strike worthy of winning any game, but unfortunately for the Glamour Boys, Arrows grabbed an equaliser with the final play of the match.

Nevertheless, Moon's moment will long live in the memory of the player and supporters alike.

"That was a great feeling. I want to thank God and coach Steve Komphela for giving me this opportunity," he told the Chiefs website after the match.

"We are always talking about attacking the line and that's what I did," Moon explained.

"A million things went through my mind - to run, to dive on the grass, to take the jersey off, it was wonderful."

The youngster, who has been starring in Amakhosi's MDC (Reserve) team, apparently said to team manager Gerald Sibeko he had a feeling it would be his day, and told the former Amakhosi midfielder that "If given a chance to play, I will score," before joking afterwards that he 'is a man of his word'.

Komphela meanwhile says it takes a certain type of character to produce the goods on the field for one of the country's biggest clubs.

"To play in the Absa Premiership you have to be brave. To be able to play for Kaizer Chiefs you need to develop a crust beyond brave. I am very happy for Ryan."

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