local soccer 2.10.2014 01:25 pm

Mthembu patient over Chiefs chance

Looking for goals: Siphelele Mthembu. Pic: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Looking for goals: Siphelele Mthembu. Pic: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Siphelele Mthembu admits that he is still finding his feet in at Kaizer Chiefs, but he is determined to get among the goals when the opportunity comes.

Mthembu returned to play for Amakhosi this season, a club he left amid some controversy in 2008 for rivals Orlando Pirates, without playing an official match.

The 27 year-old striker has battled to break into an Amakhosi side that has plundered all before it this season, winning 11 games on the trot in all competitions. Mthembu has made just one start in all competitions, and seven substitute appearances, but has not scored a goal, and has not featured at all in Chiefs’ last three matches.

Mthembu points out, however, that rival strikers like Kingston Nkhatha and Bernard Parker are more adapted to the system employed by Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter.

“Since I started playing soccer I would wait and say ‘I will wait for my time and when the time comes I have  to … capitalised,’ said Mthembu yesterday at Chiefs training.

“At Chiefs, I have just got here. I am not saying I don’t want to play. I want to play and to score goals. I want to make an immediate impact but they (other strikers) understand the system well and I am still adapting.

If he does get his chance again, Mthembu hast lofty ambitions in terms of goal-getting.

“I want to be one of the guys who breaks the record of the previous leading goalscorer,” he said.

Chiefs play Maritzburg United on Saturday in the Telkom Knockout last 16, having already beaten the Team of Choice 1-0 in  the league last weekend.

And Mthembu believes Maritzburg United will pay if they simply ‘park the bus’ and try and defend at FNB Stadium.

“The more you stay and park the bus the more you show signs of fear,” said the striker.

“When you keep the pressure on a team parking the bus they make a lot of mistakes. If we keep moving the ball around and keep running, their weakness will be to stay back, that makes their goalkeeper even more uncomfortable.”

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