Erick Mathoho (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs defender Erick Mathoho is confident he will have a big impact for South Africa at the Olympics despite not spending much time with the squad.
Mathoho was selected as one of two over-age players for the Olympics team and believes he is on the same page as head coach Owen da Gama in terms of what is expected of him in Rio.
"He wants me to help the team in the set-pieces, defending and attacking them," Mathoho told Vodacom Soccer website.
"Even last season when I wasn't performing well, I was still able to score. I finished the season with seven goals even though I am a defender. If I can bring that to the team, we can get something out of the tournament."
Mathoho is deadly at attacking set-pieces and just as solid on defence.
"We all don't know everything, you learn from whoever you play with. I am learning from them just as they are learning from me," he concluded.