Zwane Worried About Mathoho

Arthur Zwane

Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane has provided a worrying injury update on Eric Mathoho ahead of the DStv Premiership match against Golden Arrows in Polokwane this coming Sunday.

The Amakhosi experienced central defender has only featured once this season, when he lasted only a minute in their league 2-1 win over SuperSport United at FNB Stadium in September 2022.

Zwane said he is now concerned about Mathoho as he was anticipating his return before the season ends.

“We have been quite unfortunate when it comes to injuries. We have just lost Tower to injury again just when we thought he was getting close to start again. Now unfortunately we have lost him, again” Zwane told the media at Naturena on Thursday.

“I’m still waiting for the medical team for a report, and I will take it from there. But one thing for sure is that Tower won’t be available for this one and might be out for a long time, I don’t know the extent of the injury because he went for scan yesterday, so I’m waiting for that report.

“It seemed like he has a groin injury, we were playing a practice match with our reserve team. He pulled an awkward injury, and he had to be taken off the field immediately.

“When I looked at him, I was a bit worried, and it frustrated me so much because I was looking forward to seeing him back because of his leadership, discipline, and commitment. Unfortunately, it looks like he’s going to be out for a long time, but I can’t confirm until I get the medical team report, and we will take it from there.”

While confirming the injuries of Dillan Solomons, Khama Billiat and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Zwane was also worried that some of the key players could miss key upcoming games due to their injuries. In addition, Zwane is unsure as to when they be ready to play again.

“Then those who have been out, they add to that list. Dillan Solomons, Cole Alexander, Khama Billiat, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo and Reeve Frosler are key players who we started the season with and who were doing well for themselves and for the club, but now they are all out” Zwane added.

“That has been a story of our season in terms of not keeping the same team for maybe about two or three games due to the injuries. But it’s part of the game, we don’t complain. We just have to come up with a plan just as we usually do.

“We just don’t know whether Mdu (Tshabalala) will be ready, we don’t know whether Sifiso Hlanti will be ready, we don’t know whether Caleb (Bimenyimana) will be ready. So, we just have to assemble 11 players who will go out there to play and get the maximum points.”

Chiefs face off Abafana Bes’thende at their alternative Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 15h30.

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An injured Kaizer Chiefs player Sifiso Nhlati during training at Naturena. Photo - Kaizer Chiefs.
An injured Kaizer Chiefs player Sifiso Hlanti during training at Naturena. Photo – Kaizer Chiefs.