Kaizer Chiefs lanky defender Mulomowandau Eric Mathoho has managed to establish himself as one of the best defenders in the league. Since his arrival in top flight football he has not looked back. The Venda born defender’s contract is left with a few months and in the next transfer window he will be allowed to sign a pre-contract with any team of his choice if Kaizer Chiefs are yet to meet his demands.
The Bafana Bafana international who was also part of the Olympic squad that travelled to Brazil has been the main target of Mamelodi Sundowns for a few seasons now and the Mamelodi side has not given up hope to persuade him to Chloorkop. Sundowns are ready to make Eric the most paid player in the PSL and considering that he is a defender it is unlikely that Eric will deny the opportunity.
According to issue of Soccer Laduma, Sundowns have already made their intentions clear to beef up their defense with the signature of Eric Mathoho and the cheque book has been open for some time for him to join the Mamelodi side. Sundowns are tracking his situation at Chiefs and if Chiefs should not be able to offer him what Sundowns are promising then it would be the end of Chiefs and Mathoho.
Mathoho is 26 now and at the prime of his career so the move to big spending Sundowns would be great for his financial wellbeing and also his football career as the current CAF Champions League are on the lookout to add another CAF medal to their team, something that he might not achieve while being loyal to Chiefs.
The most important reason Sundowns are looking forward to sign Mathoho Is that their current crop of defenders including Wayne Arese and Thabo Nthethe are drawing closer to latter stages of their football careers. Mathoho is still a bit considerable at 26 and still has more than 8 years to offer Sundowns if he joins them.
Thabiso Kutumela has moved from Baroka FC to Orlando Pirates FC for the upcoming 2016/2017 Premier Soccer League (PSL) Season. He had one of the best seasons with Baroka FC for their promotional campaign from the National First Division (NFD) to PSL. He ended the season as the NFD leading goal scorer.
It is every youngster’s dream to play for a top team like Orlando Pirates in South Africa. Pirates’ objectives are very high. They aim at conquering South African soccer and the rest of Africa. Each and every soccer player dreams of winning major soccer competitions which are recognized worldwide.
Thabiso Kutumela is still very young not to play his football regularly. The option of moving to a demanding team like Orlando Pirates seems a bit too early for him. He should have stayed with Baroka FC for another season or two before moving to Pirates. It is not a bad idea for a youngster to dream big but sometimes youngsters must learn to establish their careers before deciding to move for demanding situations.
Being a leading top goal scorer at the NFD does not guarantee Thabiso that he will be able to score goals in the PSL. Reflecting on what happened to a few youngsters who were leading goal scorers in the NFD, we should be not to rush them in to top flight football before establishing their careers in the so called small teams. An example should be that of Moeketsi Sekola who is currently playing for Free State Stars. Sekola is struggling at the Free State side and could be offloaded in the new season. The reason he is struggling is because he was not ready for the top flight football.
Thabiso should have decided to play for Baroka again in their new campaign in the PSL to avoid unnecessary pressure that comes with playing for Orlando Pirates. At Pirates he will be expected to score goals regularly, which seems too much for a youngster. The move is definitely good one for him and we will not be surprised if he is offloaded or loaned to another team during the new season.
One of the reasons South Africa is not producing top quality strikers for the national team is because the upcoming strikers are rushed too early for bigger challenges. All promising strikers should not be signed by teams that will not use them as that will destroy their confidence and talent.
We are struggling as a country to find replacements for the likes of Benni McCarthy, Shaun Bartlett, Phillemon Masinga, Fani Madida, Jerry Skhosana, Lesley Manyathela, and many more. We are not doing ourselves any favors by rushing young strikers who still have to learn a lot about scoring goals. These youngsters should be able to play regularly so that they could gain themselves all the necessary knowledge and experience of being a complete striker who is able to score goals regularly.
Pirates should be able to afford Thabiso enough game time so that he does not lose focus and that will be difficult as Pirates fans expect nothing less than scoring goals as a Pirates striker. The likes of Thamsanqa Gabuza, Kermit Erasmus, Lehlohonolo Majoro, and Tendai Ndoro has all been booed in the past by Pirates fans for not scoring as expected.