Mokgothu taking strain

Premiership

Mokgothu joined Chiefs at the beginning of the season from Moroka Swallows where he played regularly in the single full season that he spent there, starting 24 of the 34 matches that The Dube Birds played in all competitions last term.

Since his arrival at Chiefs he has had to watch from the stands.

“Honestly, it is really dragging and it is a strain for me. I was coming from playing week-in, week-out with the only thing that kept me out last season having been injury,” Mokgothu tells KickOff.com.

“Having to sit back not even making the 18 and always being in the stands not being selected…it’s a drag. As a player, honestly it is a drag but I am patient enough.” 

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Mokgothu – who admits he never expected to move to Chiefs this season – is competing with Tsepo Masilela at left-back with young Simphiwe Mtsweni also targeting that position.

Masilela has started all the games for Chiefs this season at left-back.

“I never saw myself coming here at such an early stage. When the deal was done it caught me by surprise but then me leaving Swallows and coming here was more about coming to greener pastures and bigger challenges,” Mokgothu says.

“Every time I look at Tshepo playing it motivates me to see him do what he does because that is what the coach expects which then means for me I have to work on my weaknesses than strengths. I am up against a player who has played abroad and has played for the national team. This motivates me to keep pushing my game further. One thing that I am waiting for is to be given the chance to play.

“I wouldn’t complain much about game-time as long as the team is doing good. As a player you just need to motivate yourself because the person that you are in competition with is keeping his momentum and pace. The way the team is moving right now I wouldn’t want to get in and fumble. I want to get in and keep up the winning streak.

“I get to play 11 versus 11 at training with the same guys that play regularly and I wouldn’t say there is such a huge difference between me and them besides the fact that they have the game-time fitness.

“I spoke to Doctor [Khumalo] after the Macufe Cup and he told me that they never knew that I have got what I showed at the Macufe Cup but then what they are saying is that this gives them a better option when it comes to choosing me for certain games and how to use me.”

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