Mathoho counting on ‘hometown’ support

Mulomowandau Mathoho makes an emotional return to his home which is Limpopo province this weekend as Chiefs travel North to face Black Leopards in a crunch Absa Premiership game. The game takes place on Saturday afternoon in Thohoyandou. Mathoho who hails from Tshiombo village nearby to Thohoyandou is relishing the opportunity to play in front of his home-town crowd.

Mathoho is also banking on some local support to help bolster Amakhosi when they take on Leopards. “I have a big family out there in Thohoyandou and surrounding areas,” the lanky defender explains. “They have bought tickets for the game and are all excited about coming to watch me and the team.  It will be nice to have them all supporting us.”

The defender is also looking forward to playing against Leopards in Thohoyandou for the first time. His only previous experience of playing them in the Limpopo province was when he was a Bloemfontein Celtic player in 2012. The game took place in Giyani.

“I grew up around Thohoyandou and I am as yet to play a game there. It will mean a lot if I am able to play there and I am really excited about the prospect of playing a game in a part of the country which holds many memories for me,” he says.

Mathoho who has featured in 202 games in all competitions for Amakhosi since joining the club ahead of the 2012/13 season, has contributed with four goals for the club in 15 league outings this season. He has scored in Chiefs’ last two league games and is looking ahead to continue helping the team when they face Leopards this weekend.

“I am very happy to be helping the team on both ends of the field scoring in the last two games, as well as helping the team keep successive clean-sheets. I did manage to score against them earlier in the season and I wish I can do so again; it is crucial that we win to keep up our confidence. We need to go out there and battle for the three points no matter what the weather and other conditions are, it won’t be easy, but we are ready,” concludes Mathoho.

Tower, as Mathoho is affectionately known, will be looking to return from his home province with a win for Chiefs and three points which could see Chiefs further extend their lead at the top of the Absa Premiership table.