“There are three points at stake,” says Joseph ‘Tight’ Molangoane ahead of Kaizer Chiefs’ game on the road against Polokwane City on Saturday evening. “We play every game to win and the match against Polokwane won’t be different.”
The 29-year-old winger joined Amakhosi at the beginning of the season, but, due to a contractual issue with his former club Chippa United, he only made his debut in the Gold and Black back in December against Chippa, coming on for George Lebese.
Two weeks later, on 18 December 2016, Molangoane started in his first Chiefs game against Polokwane City, scoring his first goal in the 72nd. It was also the second of a 12-game unbeaten league run of the Glamour Boys.
“That first Chiefs goal was amazing,” he reflects. “I can’t even express in words what I felt. It was simply unbelievable.”
Since that first game, Molangoane added 12 league starts and two goals.
“It’s nice to come home,” continues the skilful winger, who was born in Moletjie, which is just outside Polokwane.
Amakhosi are presently in fourth spot on the Absa Premiership log with 47 points from 27 matches, while ‘Rise and Shine’ are just behind in sixth position with 37 points from 27 games.
Chiefs won the home encounter 3-2, thanks to Willard Katsande’s last-minute goal. The Zimbabwean midfielder, however, won’t participate in Saturday’s game due to suspension after having collected four yellow cards.
Brilliant Khuzwayo, Sibusiso Khumalo and Kgotso Moleko didn’t travel to Polokwane as they are injured.
Molangoane, however, returns from a one-match suspension and is roaring to go: “We want to make our supporters happy, as they have been very loyal to us. We will play for them tonight and will try to put a smile on their faces.”
Polokwane City host Amakhosi in an Absa Premiership clash at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday, 13 May (kick-off at 18:00).