Amakhosi forward Pule Mmodi has been one of the team’s standout performers in his first season as a Glamour Boy. His speed and quick feet have given Chiefs a dangerous threat down their left flank, and his winning goal in Amakhosi’s last outing, against Polokwane City, has further endeared him to the Amakhosi Faithful.
Since arriving at Naturena in pre-season, Mmodi has settled fairly well in his new surroundings.
“I am very happy to be here at Kaizer Chiefs. In the beginning it was a challenge to adapt, given the status of Kaizer Chiefs. It is not easy to play for a Club like Kaizer Chiefs,” he acknowledges, “but I think things have been going well for me and I want to keep on giving my best to help us win and please the fans.”
The speedy winger has excited supporters with his deft footwork and has also weighed in with some important strikes, none more spectacular than his long range effort against AmaZulu, which was appropriately recognised by the PSL for its quality.
“I was very happy to win Goal-of-the-Month. It has given me the confidence to believe I can significantly contribute to the team, like getting a goal against Polokwane City, although I don’t think that will win Goal-of-the-Month,” he laughs.
Kaizer Chiefs face struggling Richards Bay at FNB stadium on Saturday in their penultimate fixture of 2023. The Natal Rich Boyz lie second from bottom in the DStv Premiership standings and lost their last match, 3-2, against Royal AM.
Mmodi believes Coach Cavin Johnson has devised the right game plan to come out on top.
“From what I have seen of them, they seem to play transitional football, and we have planned to deal with that. However, we are not so focused on how to stop the opponents but on our own game and how are going to go out and win,” he says.
With much of the country enjoying a year-end break, Mmodi insists that for Chiefs there is work to be done and they are in no way distracted by the party atmosphere.
“Yes, it’s the festive season,” he smiles, “and people are in holiday mood, but my job comes first. We are focused on winning these next two games to finish the year with six points.”
To the Khosi Nation, though, his message is, “Enjoy the festive season,” before adding, “with responsibility… and please come out and support us if you can make it. We appreciate our supporters.”
Tickets for Saturday’s match are available online through www.ticketpros.co.za or TicketPro outlets, Spar and Boxer Supermarkets, Postnet, and Sasol and Shell garages at R60 per ticket.
Kick-off for the DStv Premiership clash is set for 15:30 on Saturday at FNB Stadium in Nasrec, South of Johannesburg.