Nkhatha smiling again

HARARE - After a torrid stint with Kaizer Chiefs where he was the target of the boo-boys, Zimbabwean striker Kingston Nkhatha is now smiling again after finding a new home at SuperSport United.

Despite helping the South African Absa Premiership Glamour Boys to the 2012/13 title, Nedbank Cup and MTN 8 trophies, Nkhatha never won over the Amakhosi fans during his three-year stay at the club.

The Chiefs supporters always gave the Zimbabwean plenty of stick every moment he made a mistake on the pitch.

But life has turned sweet for the Zimbabwean striker since his move to Matsatsantsa where he has formed a deadly partnership with fellow new signing Jeremy Brockie from New Zealand.

The two forwards have scored a combined seven goals in four matches since the South African Premiership resumed in February.

Nkhatha was all smiles during his interview with Robert Marawa on Metro FM last week where he spoke about his new life at Matsatsantsa.     

“There’s nothing new. Whenever you change teams, sometimes you gel quicker or sometimes you don’t gel in quicker but I’m privileged that since I went to SuperSport everything has fell in place for me,” said the Zimbabwean.

“The coach (Gordon Igesund) told me that ‘I know you are a player that can move up and down to create space for other people but the way I want you to play is that I want you in the box and have more energy going forward’. He doesn’t want me tracking back but to stay there in the box. 

“Me and Brockie you can see that our partnership is coming up. That guy is good and he can do things you cannot expect some times.

“He is a strong player who can win a lot of aerial balls and he is someone who can play as well. I’m now enjoying my game because of him also.”

The former Buymore and CAPS FC striker revealed there was a time he was reduced to tears by the constant booing he got from the Amakhosi fans.

“Now I’m playing for SuperSport and the coach told me that ‘there is no pressure here and the supporters love their team, so just go into the box and no matter how many chances you miss, you will definitely score’.”

“You know there was a time I went home and sat down to think why me when there are a lot of other players in the team making mistakes?

“It wasn’t a nice feeling you know and there was a time it hurt me so much I won’t lie. I couldn’t even sleep at times after the game.”

Nkhatha however, credits Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter for the faith he showed in him despite the pressure from the fans not to play him. 

“It is rare to find a coach like that; who in whatever circumstances they keep on pushing you to play. He is the one who was with me at training and knew what I was capable of doing,” said Nkhatha.

“It is nice to have someone show faith in you like that and the one thing you can reward him with is going out there and score.

“There were some games I thought I shouldn’t be playing but he was always putting me in to play. I would just go in and give my 120 percent.”

Nkhatha said leaving Chiefs was not an easy decision.

“I did not turn my back on Kaizer Chiefs. It was a sad moment to leave the club. I contributed a lot to that team and I had a lot of friends there,” he said.

“I was in good books with most of the people at Kaizer Chiefs; we shared a lot of memories. Leaving was a difficult decision because I was saying should I stay or should I go?

“But as a professional player you need to take risks at times. I sat down with my family and we discussed what was happening with my contract. In football you need to secure your future.”

Comments (1)

Well said Nkatha,no-one can stop a star from shining,show them what you are capable my man

sinyoro - 9 March 2015

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