Thursday Sep 12, 2019. 15:30
Defender Erick Mathoho has signed a new three-contract at South African giants Kaizer Chiefs that will keep him at the club until June 2023.
Mathoho would have been out of contract at the end of the current campaign, but the Soweto side have moved to secure his services after a resurgence in his form at the start of the new campaign.
The 29-year-old made just five appearances in the entire 2018/19 campaign as first injury laid him low, and then he battled to get back into the team.
But his form this season has been in stark contrast as he even netted goals against Highlands Park and Black Leopards to help Chiefs to the top of the Absa Premiership table.
That won him a recall to the Bafana Bafana set-up for the first time in two years, though proposed matches against Zambia, and then Madagascar, failed to materialise.
The player admits it has been a hard road to get back to his best, but says he is determined to maintain his level.
“It’s very hard sometimes to come back from an injury stronger,” Mathoho told reporters. “It’s very difficult. But I told myself that I have to come back stronger from the injury. It wasn’t easy but I worked hard to be back. I told myself that I have to come back as the Tower that people knew.
“I didn’t do much physically, I let that take care of itself. I was pushing myself mentally. I had to focus on my game and improve where I lacked. That’s why I came back stronger.
“Mental strength is important when it comes to recovering from an injury because the moment you keep thinking that I’ll get injured again, I shouldn’t make certain tackles, that’s when you will be injured.”
Mathoho will next be in action for Chiefs on Saturday at home to Polokwane City.