Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs defender Eric Mathoho has shifted his focus to the
Absa Premiership as they gear up for their league encounter against Baroka FC on Saturday at the Peter Mokaba stadium.
Amakhosi extended their unbeaten run to nine games following
a resounding 3-0 win over Stellenbosch FC in the Nedbank Cup Round of 32 this
However, Mathoho, who starred in the heart of defence in
fine style for Steve Komphela’s men, has played down the impact of the win on
the team’s bid to reclaim the glory.
The Bafana Bafana centre-back stresses the importance of the
team to put behind the success of Saturday night and shift all energy to
winning their next league game away to Baroka.
"We played really well on Saturday," Mathoho reflects as
quoted by the club’s official website.
"The mindset from the rest of the guys was clear and it’s
good that we have progressed to the next round of the Nedbank Cup.
"What we need to remember, however, is that Saturday’s match
is over and we must now think about what lies ahead (Baroka FC).
"The league is
a big focus for us and it is so important that we shift all energy to that and
make sure that we continue with our good run. Often it’s easy to lose focus
after a good cup victory, but we must never forget what is more important.”
The defender is confident that they can extend their
unbeaten run and make it seven wins out of ten against a Baroka side that won
its first match this past weekend since October 2016, and also close the gap on
the leading pack.
"This is a great opportunity for us to stay in touch with
the teams above us. This league race is only heating up now."
"Baroka will feel a bit confident after their win this past
weekend, but I think we have enough to get the three points if we can have a
similar approach to the one against Stellenbosch. If we play our normal
football we can beat any team," concludes Mathoho.