Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane has given an update on Eric Mathoho who has been struggling with game time since Zwane took over from Amakhosi in May 2022.
Mathoho, also known as Tower, has made only one appearance for Kaizer Chiefs this season. The 32-year-old’s contract with Amakhosi will end in June 2023 and it’s unknown whether Chiefs will extend his contract or not after SuperSport United defender Thatayaone Ditlhokwe signed a pre-contract with Amakhosi.
Zwane says the second longest serving player in the current Kaizer Chiefs squad is still part of the club and it’s just unfortunate that he is currently injured. Mathoho played 206 matches for Chiefs since he joined the club back in 2012.
“Eric is definitely still part and parcel [of the team]. He played a huge role in the past and even now. He is just unfortunate, and not only him. He is one of the players who have been injury-prone this season. It’s him and players such as Khama [Billiat] as well,” Zwane said.
“Even last week we were preparing him [Mathoho] for the game, or two weeks back if I’m not mistaken, and he couldn’t make it because of a toe injury.
“We thought he would be fully recovered last week and again he started jogging and we thought he was ready, but it troubled him. We had to rest him and until now he hasn’t recovered fully.”
“There are about five or six senior players who have [been injured], which is worrying but we can’t force matters. We have to wait for them to be ready and then throw them in.
“We know they can add value, but it’s unfortunate they are not available because of injuries.”
Kaizer Chiefs are hosting Royal AM on Sunday evening at Peter Mokaba Stadium. The Glamour Boys are looking to go back to winning ways after three defeats in a row.
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