Mthembu: I want to redeem myself
Posted: 23 August 2017 Time: 16:15
Striker Siphelele Mthembu says he's eager to re-establish himself at Free State Stars after the difficult three-season spell he endured at Kaizer Chiefs.
Mthembu didn't play a single match last season for Chiefs in the PSL, appearing only in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge before both parties decided to part ways upon the expiry of his contract at the end of last season.
Sammy Troughton's side started the 2017/18 Absa Premiership on a losing note last week Saturday against PSL returnees AmaZulu. Mthembu was introduced to take the place of Allen Nono in just the 24th minute but the striker's fitness was not up to the standard required.
Mthembu will be hoping to get another chance tonight to score against league champions Bidvest Wits when Ea Lla Koto host Gavin Hunt's side at Goble Park.
Mthembu last scored in the PSL in October 2015 against his former club Platinum Stars in the Telkom Knockout Cup.
The former Orlando Pirates striker says he's determined to have his fitness back and his intention this season is to score goals.
"I'm still getting my fitness back. I want to score goals and redeem myself," Mthembu tells KickOff.com.
"I wont lie to you, I'm just hungry to score goals. I just want to play and enjoy football again.
"Having not scored for a while now, for me that is more of a motivation to say 'you know what, let me go into the game and score goals'. You know you always have a record you set yourself, saying I want to retire having this many goals."
The ex-Golden Arrows striker, who was nicknamed 'Shaka Zulu' in the early stages of his career because of his physique and power, refused to divulge what kind of target he has set for himself.
"I wouldn't say I have a certain target because as a striker you always want to score goals, as long as you score goals," he adds.
"I have to bring that character, the guy who was scoring goals. I have to be more aggressive and I think my weakness is I'm too kind. I need to bring that beast back in me."