Mid­den­dorp ar­rival se­cures Mathoho’s Chiefs fu­ture

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De­spite a lack of game-time, which has been wors­ened by an an­kle in­jury he suf­fered last month, Kaizer Chiefs de­fender Erick Mathoho will not be in a hurry to look for a move else­where.

A Siya source has in­di­cated that with the ar­rival of coach Ernst Mid­den­dorp at Na­turena, the na­ture of any dis­cus­sion over the play­ers’ fu­ture would have changed.

Mathoho saw very lit­tle ac­tion com­pet­i­tive ac­tion dur­ing coach Gio­vanni Soli­nas’ spell, be­fore the Ital­ian had his Amakhosi con­tract ter­mi­nated early due to poor re­sults - on De­cem­ber 7. Soli­nas had used Mathoho spar­ingly, with the tow­er­ing de­fender hav­ing played in only four do­mes­tic league games un­der his men­tor­ship.

Hav­ing made his way back into the team at the end of 2018, iron­i­cally it was the sec­ond leg of their CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup pre­lim­i­nary round clash away to Tan­za­nia’s Zi­mamoto where Mathoho tore his an­kle lig­a­ment. The club sub­se­quently con­firmed that he would be side­lined for up to three months. That puts March as the date for his pos­si­ble re­turn to ac­tion.

While Soli­nas was in charge, the 28-year-old was be­ing linked with an exit. At the time, Siya sources in­di­cated that the player and coach did not see eye-to-eye. How­ever, Siya sources have now made it clear that there will be a clean slate with Mid­den­dorp and he will be in a po­si­tion to fight for his place in the team.

Given that his con­tract only ex­pires in June of 2020, it would take a se­ri­ous in­ter­est from ri­val clubs to lure Mathoho away from Chiefs.

The Siya crew has been in­formed that the player re­mains “very much in the club’s plans” at this point in time and still hopes to also re­vive his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer.

Mathoho hasn’t played for Bafana Bafana since his red card in a World Cup qual­i­fier away to Cape Verde in Septem­ber 2017.

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