Isaacs makes his mark


With his first goal since signing for Bidvest Wits at the start of the season, Erwin Isaacs helped the Clever Boys pick up a valuable away point against Chippa United on Sunday.

Trailing to a first half goal from Chippa’s Vuyisile Ntombayithethi, Wits looked set to suffer their second loss in the Absa Premiership, but the former Santos attacker popped in the 89th minute to level the game at a ground he knows better than most players – the Athlone Stadium.

With the likes of Ryan Chapman, Calvin Kadi and ‘Terror’ Fanteni available for coach Antonio Lopez Habas to choose from as far as forward options are concerned, Isaacs’ goal came as a timely reminder of his scoring skill.

The 25-year-old netted over 50 goals for Santos between 2002/03 and 2011/12

and was long linked with a move to Gauteng, before finally taking the plunge with Bidvest Wits in August.

Aside from his lengthy spell with the People’s Team, the Lavender Hill-born player also featured in the youth set-ups of Milano, FC Fortune and played for Santos’ reserve side, Mitchell’s Plain United.

Isaacs’ ability to play out wide or as a ‘shadow’ striker sets him apart from the likes of Kadi and Fanteni, putting him and his former Santos teammate Chapman up against each other, but there is no reason the two cannot feature in the same line-up, which gives Habas plenty of exciting options.

What Isaacs’ goal also proved is Wits’ strength in depth, with Habas able to call the player off the bench when the starting XI found the going tough against a determined defence.


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