Mashego: I'm still hungry to win

Nedbank Cup

Mashego joined the Chilli Boys in November last year, after seeing out his contract with Mamelodi Sundowns at the end of June, and has managed two goals in six league starts under Dan Malesela thus far.

The 34-year-old, however, has been plagued with injuries since his last appearance – a 2-1 victory over Baroka – in the beginning of February this year and is hopeful of returning before the end of the season.

“I started with my rehab this [Friday] afternoon as I was instructed to rest for 10 days or so. I feel much better and I am hopeful if all goes well I can still feature this season," Mashego told his club's website.

'Mahoota' coincidentally suffered a minor setback prior to Chippa's meeting with his former employers, but a relapse has since prolonged his stay on the sidelines.

“I was looking ahead to the Sundowns game following our win against Baroka, but I pulled a quad muscle on the day before the game. I ended up missing the game and have been out ever since," he added.

“I thought I was better at the beginning of this month and returned to training, but I sustained a tear on both my quad muscles on both sides. It is disappointing to be out but these things happen in football.

“We have been unfortunate with injuries and this is a time where we should all be fighting for points and of course the Nedbank Cup. It is part of the game and we all have to remain positive.

“We still have a good team, good enough for us to climb the log table. We need to work harder, knuckle down and start winning games. Our supporters have been behind the team and deserve a lot better from us."

With his return now seemingly imminent, the former Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United and Platinum Stars frontman says he still has a healthy appetite for collecting silverware as he sets sights on the Nedbank Cup title.

“You never get enough of winning. I am lucky to have won trophies even at the smaller teams I have played for, and now I am hungry to win something with Chippa United. The Nedbank Cup gives us an opportunity to achieve this and I believe in my teammates and everyone in the team," he said.

The Port Elizabeth-based outfit will be hosting Jomo Cosmos – the only remaining First Division side in the competition – at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium this afternoon (15h00).

“The game against Jomo Cosmos is not going to be easy. Teams from First Division are always hard to beat," Mashego conceded.

"But our focus is on our game and on the ambitions we set before the start of the season. There are no easy games in football.

"If we do proceed to the next round and get a favourable draw in the semis, who knows what might happen because finals are 50/50."