By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
ERIC Mathoho will be playing in the colours of Kaizer Chiefs come the new season.
This was a brave statement by the club’s marketing director, Jessica Motaung after the mighty Amakhosi unveiled the player in his absence this morning at Thaba ya Batswana, Kibler Park near Johannesburg.
Motaung admitted that: “We haven’t finalized Mathoho’s deal and his move to Kaizer Chiefs, but we are working around the clock in our effort to make sure he signs for us at the end of the day.”
Apart from Chiefs, Mathoho is said to be hot in the wanted list of Mamelodi Sundowns who are also after his signature. The other club which was after his signature, Orlando Pirates have since pulled out, leaving Chiefs who are said to be prepared to part ways with a staggering R5 million for the Venda-born central defender.
At Chiefs, Mathoho has since been given jersey number 3, the one which used to be worn by Thomas Sweswe who has since been released to BidVest Wits together with country-man, Tenashe Nengomasha.
Other players who were unveiled by Chiefs today are Siyabonga Nkosi from Golden Arrows, Siboniso Gaxa (K. Lirse SK, Belgium), Morgan Gould (SuperSport United), Kgotso Moleko (Bloemfontein Celtic), Brilliant Khuzwayo (Thanda Royal Zulu) and Sakhile Hlongwa (Ethekwini Coastals).
Motaung said the latest new signees comes after they identified areas which needed to be strengthened : “And we are pleased with our new signees and will be announcing more signees once the paperwork and our discussions with the relevant parties is finalized.”
She also added that the appointment of Stuart Baxter is a statement of intent from the club ahead of the new season.
“I would like on behalf of our executive chairman, Kaizer Motaung , the board of directors and the club in its entirety, to welcome our new coach and wish him all the best during his time at Naturena,” said Motaung who also confirmed that Baxter and his technical team compromising of Doctor Khumalo, Ace Khuse, Arthur Zwane and Rainer Dinkelacker will be working as a unit with a strong focus on both the senior team and youth development.