The lanky defender joined Kaizer Chiefs at the beginning of the 2012/2013 season and the 2013 Nedbank Cup was his first cup trophy as a Glamour Boy. “It’s the dream of every footballer to play in a cup final. We beat SuperSport United thanks to a goal in extra time from Bernard Parker. It gave me an amazing feeling, it was awesome.”
Cup games are different,” comments Erick Mathoho about Sunday’s Nedbank Cup Last 32 fixture against Golden Arrows at FNB Stadium. “Unlike a league match, only one team progresses to the next round. You win or you go out.”
Amakhosi have won the National Cup competition 13 times. The first came in 1971 when Chiefs beat Orlando Pirates over two legs in the final. It was called Life Challenge Cup at the time. The competition is named Nedbank Cup since 2008.
About Sunday’s cup clash against Golden Arrows, Mathoho adds, “We haven’t won a cup in nearly three years. So this has to be ours. There is, however, still a long road to go and we have to treat each game as a final.
“It won’t be an easy game against Arrows. They are a hard team to beat, which means that we will need to come out fighting.”
Mathoho has started in 167 (league and cup) games since joining Chiefs, coming on in a further nine. He has found the back of the net 16 times.
The 27-year-old defender concludes with asking the Amakhosi supporters to come out in big numbers on Sunday to support the team: “Without them we are nothing. The Nedbank Cup is a step by step journey towards the final. I hope that our supporters will join us on this exciting journey” .
Mathoho spoke to kaizer chiefs website