Kaizer Chiefs defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele has emphasised the significance of starting the season on a winning note so as to avoid being haunted.
Chiefs kicked off the 2019/20 Absa Premiership campaign on a bright note as they came from behind to bag a victory away at Highlands Park over the weekend.
While it is still early days to speak of redemption for their dreadful end to last season, Mphahlele has highlighted how much the victory actually meant to the squad as a whole.
“Look, as much as it was our first game, it felt good to start well. It gives you a sense of belief that you’re capable of winning games,” said Mphahlele.
“Because you know how the mind works – immediately if you don’t do well in your first game then the ghosts from last season start haunting you.
“And then you’re likely to fall into that pitfall of saying, ‘Ah, here we go again!’ But now we won the game and we can only build from there to say, ‘Let’s take it one game at a time.’
“So, we go forward and try to just minimise mistakes and build the confidence of the team.”
The victory also marked a five-year wait for an opening-day victory for Amakhosi fans, who last saw a similar result at the start of a season back in 2014/15 when they won the league title, but ‘Rama’ won’t go as far as reading it as a good omen.
“I do believe in omens sometimes – I didn’t actually know about that [record] but, like I said, it does feel good to have won our first game,” he added.
“We need to just build on from it; let’s not get carried away and start having too big ambitions.
“We won the game; we have another one on Saturday against Black Leopards, which is going to be very difficult because they lost their first game and will want to bounce back.”