Tafadzwa Chigandiwa, Sports Reporter
Former Caps United star player, Ishmael Wadi (28) finally scored his first goal for his new club JDR Stars in the South African First Division One League on Saturday.
Wadi’s second half strike helped JDR Stars to a comfortable 2-0 home win over Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) FC.
It was Wadi who opened the scoring for the Hammer Boys after 57 minutes, before teammate Malebogo Modise secured victory in the 84th minute.
Both goals from Wadi and Modise saw the Glad African Championship side, JDR, recording their second win of the season with only one loss after three games.
Speaking to this publication, the former FC Platinum player said he was happy to have scored for his new employers in his third consecutive match.
“I’m feeling happy that I have finally scored my first goal in the JDR Stars colours, after playing three games for the club,” he said.
Despite his happiness, the forward rued a lot of chances he missed particularly in the opening minutes of the game.
“Yes of course I finally managed to score and it makes me happy, but at the same time I’m disappointed that I missed a lot of chances in this game.
“Honestly, today I was supposed to score more goals because i had many chances. I will try to work hard in training to master my accuracy in front of goal,” he added.
The 28-year-old Warriors forward’s stellar performance could have seen him score a brace.
His (Wadi) attempt three minutes into the match could have given JDR Stars an early lead but he directed his shot over the bar.
On several occasions, the in-form Wadi always kept his compatriot, goalkeeper Edmore ‘ziKeeper’ Sibanda busy on goals for the relegated TTM.
The seasoned shotstopper who recently signed for TTM after being offloaded by Golden Arrows proved his worthy to his new employers.
Sibanda denied Wadi on two successive occasions in the first half.
Meanwhile, Wadi then got substituted in the 75th minute to make way for fellow countryman and new teammate Tapiwa Mandinyenya.
Mandinyenya’s introduction quickly paid off within 10 minutes as the promising 18-year-old former Aces Youth Academy player provided an assist for Modise in the final minutes.
The youthful midfielder who recently joined the Hammer Boys just like Wadi, signed straight from ACY and that was his first professional contract as a footballer.
The teenager clearly poses some great potential if he keeps on maintaining his form.