Eric Mulomowandau Mathoho of Kaizer Chiefs was one of the most feared defenders in the PSL. His recent fall in form has left many football fans and the media surprised as the tall defender has never disappointed before in colours of Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana. Tower played a number of seasons at Kaizer Chiefs where he was the first man on every coach’s team list.
It is now confirmed that the Venda born defender has signed a new contract at Kaizer Chiefs Football Club. Kaizer Chiefs have announced that Erick Mathoho has signed a new contract with the club until 2020. Speculation has been rife surrounding the centre back after he entered into the last six months of his deal Naturena, however that has been finally put to bed today with the news of his new deal.
Mamelodi Sundowns had been reported to be interested, though the player has shown his commitment to the club by signing a new three-year deal. Motaung confirmed the news, saying, “We are glad Tower has signed a new deal with us. Tower signed a three year extension to his existing contract.”
Mathoho started playing professional football in 2009 after signing for Bloemfontein Celtics and then moved to Kaizer Chiefs a few seasons later. Eric was discovered by Owen Da Gama in 2009 when Owen was invited to watch a striker of Dolphins FC in Venda by his friend named Dalton. While watching the striker he was not impressed and he noticed a tall defender playing for the opposition team of his friend which was Tshiombo FC. He then instructed Dalton to sign the tall defender to be on his team Dolphins FC which Dalton did.
Dalton was instructed to bring Mathoho to Celtic along with other 2 players. When they were training at Celtic, Mathoho impressed the technical team and was signed immediately but was not given enough game time during his first season at Celtic.
He got his first chance when the then Celtic central defender Gary Goldstone was injured. That is where Mathoho was given a chance in a game against Sundowns and his job was to contain Katlego Mphela who was the leading goalscorer, in his first game in the PSL. Eric managed to mark Mphela for the whole match and was voted Man of the Match.
After the Sundowns match Eric became a regular player for Celtic and earned himself a lot of respect from strikers in the PSL. He gained a lot of experience and was settled by then. Since then Mathoho has never looked back and is now playing at Kaizer Chiefs.
As things are with Tower now, he is currently available to play after he received two red cards one at Chiefs and one at Bafana Bafana. In the previous game against Senegal where Bafana lost, Tower was on the bench and never played as the Baxter opted for Morgan Gould and Daniels. It is still up to Stuart Baxter whether to play Mathoho in Senegal where Bafana are to complete their disastrous world cup qualification campaign.
He is definitely experiencing the lows in his football career which started on fire until former Orlando Pirates striker Kermit Erasmus proved South Africans wrong by using Mathoho as a freeway in a PSL’ Soweto derby some seasons ago.