Katlego Mashego has told chippautdfc.co.za that he is still hungry to win accolades despite being sidelined due to quad injuries since mid February.
The Lesley Manyathela Award reccepient whilst at Swallows during the 2012/2013 season, joined the Chilli Boys back in November, scoring in his debut ,match against Cape Town City at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
His last appearance was at the beginning of February where he came on as a substitute inspiring his teammates to a memorable win.
He was set for a comeback in late April before sustaining significant tears on both his quads in the week leading to the Nedbank second round tie against Polokwane City.
Popularly known as “Mahoota” in football circles, Mashego took time to chat to chippautdfc.co.za on Friday afternoon; “I started with my rehab this (Friday) afternoon as I was instructed to rest for 10 days or so. I feel much better and I am hopeful if all goes well I can still feature this season.
Mashego’s injury woes started ahead of the home league tie against Mamelodi Sundowns in East London; “I was looking ahead to the Sundowns game following our win against Baroka, but I pulled a quad muscle on the day before the game. I ended up missing the game (against Mamelodi Sundowns) and have been out ever since.
“I thought I was better at the beginning of this month and returned to training but I sustained a tear on both my quad muscles on both sides. It is disappointing to be out but these things happen in football.
Chippa United has been plagued by lot of injuries this season; “We have been unfortunate with injuries and this is a time where we should all be fighting for points and of course the Nedbank Cup. It is part of the game and we all have to remain positive.
“We still have a good team, good enough for us to climb the log table. We need to work harder, knuckle down and start winning games. Our supporters have been behind the team and deserve a lot better from us.
Mashego (34) won the Nedbank Cup two seasons ago with Mamelodi Sundowns where he also won two league titles and Telkom Cup. He won a treble with Orlando Pirates but insisted that he is still hungry to win trophies; “You never get enough of winning,” he said.
“I am lucky to have won trophies even at the smaller teams I have played for and now I am hungry to win something with Chippa United. The Nedbank Cup gives us an opportunity to achieve this and I believe in my teammates and everyone in the team.
“The game against Jomo Cosmos is not going to be easy. Teams from First Division are always hard to beat but ours is to focus on our game and on the ambitions we set before the start of the season. There are no easy games in football. If we do proceed to the next round and get a favourable draw in the semis who knows what might happen because finals are 50/50,” continued Mashego.
He added that he has been humbled by the support the Club is getting; “Everyone seems to love the Club. People have their teams but they still love Chippa United. This should be a motivation for us to work even harder to give back to our wonderful supporters.”
Asked if he will play any part this season this season, he responded; “I will focus on rehabilitation for the next three to four weeks and in consultation with the Medical Team we will take it from there,”