Jonty Mark
Football Editor
1 minute read
17 Sep 2014
11:30 am

Masango – Chiefs’ new chapter

Jonty Mark

Mandla Masango believes the past will not affect Kaizer Chiefs as they head into Saturday’s MTN8 final against Orlando Pirates in Durban.

Mandla Masango. Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

Masango was part of the Amakhosi squad that lost to the Buccaneers in the 2011 MTN8 final, Oupa Manyisa’s extra time goal handing the Buccaneers the win.

“This is a new chapter, that one has been closed,” said Masango this week, however.

“So we are looking forward. Football is not based on previous performances, it is based on the future. It is going to be a good match for both teams and I am looking forward to it.”

Masango has certainly been impressive in the present, enjoying his best ever spell in an Amkakhosi shirt, netting five goals already this season, as Chiefs have won their first nine games of the new campaign.

His efforts earned him a call-up to the Bafana Bafana squad and starts in South Africa’s AFCON 2015 qualifiers against Nigeria and Sudan.

Masango came off the bench to help Chiefs to a 2-1 win over the University of Pretoria on Saturday, but it was an indifferent performance from Amakhosi, and the 25 year old will surely start against Pirates.

He says that it is important that Chiefs focus mainly on themselves going into this final, and not Pirates, who are also in excellent form heading into what promises to be a cracking encounter.

“I wouldn’t want to dwell too much on the opposition – we have to focus on our own game,” he said.