Defender Lorenzo Gordinoh hopes to repay the faith shown in him by Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs
Posted: 7 February 2017 Time: 11:15
Kaizer Chiefs defender Lorenzo Gordinho says he and Erick Mathoho are hoping to repay the faith shown in them after both were recently handed new long-term deals.
Gordinho penned a new three-year extension with Amakhosi upon his return from a trial at Danish club Aalborg early last month, before Mathoho followed suit by also signing until June 2020.
Centre-back Gordinho, 22, who yesterday picked up the Absa Premiership player of the month award for August/September, commented for the first time on his renewal and says he is raring to go in 2017.
“It’s a good thing to renew my contract at the club and I’m happy about that,” said the junior international. “[For] this award – although it was for the beginning of the season – to come now is also a confidence booster.
“It’s something to start the second-half of the season on a good note and I’m raring to go, and the club is raring to put in good performances to compete for the title.”
Gordinho added that he looks forward to building on from his progress at Naturena, and further reiterated his commitment to “the biggest brand in the country”.
“I wouldn’t want to leave Chiefs – that’s the biggest brand in the country and I’m happy there, it’s been my home for the past four years,” he asserted.
"I’m looking to continue where I left off [in December], and to continue growing within the club as well as to help them win silverware.”
On his central defensive partner’s renewal, Gordinho praised Chiefs for securing the futures of the team’s backbone and says he looks forward to building on from their success thus far.
“I think it will set a good tone and also give the club confidence, knowing that the partnership will stay together,” he added.
“We’ve been doing our best for the team and the coach has trusted us as a partnership. It’s good that we’re there together in order to build on what we’ve already started.
“It’s also good for the team because it’s important for the centre-backs to be the backbone of the team and, also, consistency within the team is important. I think it’s good overall."