This weekend’s game is an emotional one for Kaizer Chiefs’ Erick Mathoho, but he knows that he can’t walk straight back into the team against Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday.
Mathoho has been an integral part of the Amakhosi machine this season as they marched to the top of the Absa Premiership table, but was forced to sit out the Telkom Knockout semifinal defeat to Maritzburg United and the league win v Stellenbosch.
It is now up to Ernst Middendorp whether he opts to keep the defensive pairing of Daniel Cardoso and Siyabonga Ngezana that kept a clean sheet in the 4-0 thumping of Stellies in their last game, or brings Mathoho back into the setup.
The defender, who spent a good spell with Siwelele before joining the Glamour Boys, told Chiefs’ official website, “It’s nice to play against Celtic… Every time I play against them, I enjoy it and it brings back memories and shows me how far I have come. I started there and now I am at Chiefs, the biggest team in the country.
“I started out there I was still young and did my job. I have now moved on to the next level in my career. When I am on the field all that is to one side I am now only focused on helping my current club which is Chiefs win.”
Meanwhile, ‘Tower’ also had some kind words for the youngster who deputised for him, saying, “I felt Siyabonga Ngezana had a really good game against Stellenbosh… Now it’s the coach’s decision as to who will start. I was very impressed by him and the way he played scoring a goal and his overall performance, I must compliment him as a young player, he did very well.”
Chiefs host Celtic in Durban on Saturday evening at 20h15.