“I can’t wait for Saturday to arrive,” says a clearly excited Joseph ‘Tight’ Molangoane ahead of the Soweto Derby on Saturday, 4 March.
Molangoane joined Kaizer Chiefs at the beginning of the season, but only made his debut on 3 December 2016, due to some contractual issues with his former side, Chippa United.
Interestingly enough that debut came against Chippa, coming on in the 75th minute. Nearly two weeks later, ‘Tight’ got his first start, at home against Polokwane City and scoring in Amakhosi’s 3-2 win.
Since, Molangoane has been a regular starter and played an influential role in Chiefs winning five league matches in a row.
This magnificent run ended last Saturday against Ajax Cape Town, with the match ending in a one-all draw.
“That was not nice and not what we wanted,” the speedy winger reflects on the Ajax game. “We were obviously looking for the three points, but it happens and the result doesn’t come your way.”
Since his debut, Molangoane has started in six league matches, coming on as a substitute in two, while scoring once and also giving an assist.
The 28-year-old, who grew up in Alexandra, played during the 2013/2014 season for Orlando Pirates. However, he never got minutes in the Soweto Derby, warming the bench instead.
“Just sitting on the bench, I realised how big the Derby is,” Molangoane comments. “I am really looking forward to Saturday’s match and, hopefully, I get the opportunity to play.”
The winger also admits that he had a chat with Tsepo Masilela about the Soweto Derby. “Tsepo gave me some advice and insight on how to approach the match,” Molangoane says.
It’s clear that he’s roaring to go. “We just want the maximum points.” On his own good form, he adds: “Every game I play for Chiefs is a great feeling. Soccer is a team sport. Of course, I want to contribute by scoring a goal or give an assist for a teammate to finish. However, in the end, it’s not about me, I am just part of the collective, we win and lose as a team”
Molangoane speaks fondly about the Amakhosi supporters: “They are really amazing. It’s such an indescribable feeling to play in front of such big crowds, as recently happened in Durban, when we beat Highlands Park. The enthusiasm of our fans really pushes me to the next level. You don’t want to disappoint them. You want to win the game for the supporters, because they are really unbelievable.”
Kaizer Chiefs host Orlando Pirates in an Absa Premiership match at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, 4 March 2017 (kick-off is at 15:30).