The Tembisa-born youngster has been hugely influential for Amakhosi, who is enjoying a three-game winning run
Kaizer Chiefs attacking midfielder Happy Mashiane said his current form was due to the hard work and support from the club’s technical team, led by coach Gavin Hunt.
The 23-year-old has been in great shape lately after scoring twice and providing an assist in his last two PSL matches which Amakhosi has won against Cape Town City and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM).
Mashiane also spoke about the Chiefs’ plan after a slow start to the current campaign and he also discussed their next meeting with Stellenbosch FC which will be played on Saturday at Danie Craven Stadium.
What was said
“These recent victories are a great motivation for us. Knowing full well that we did not have a good start to the season, things were not going in our direction to get the good results, ”Mashiane told club media.
“I have to thank the technical team for pushing me. I’m not saying things are rosy now for me or for the team, but they have to be given credit for pushing me to come back and play.
“Knowing full well that we are playing at Stellenbosch on Saturday, it will not be an easy game. They are a playing team. They will be motivated to do well after their last result and so will we – which will make a good game, ”he continued.
“We play far from home and we have to go there and grind the result. We have to come back with a maximum of points. They have good, fast players, and we know that. Whatever they bring us, we’ll be ready.
“As a team we have rectified some of our mistakes and minimized some mistakes. I think that in the future we do not want to find ourselves in the situation, ”he added.
“It is essential that we stay calm and keep our feet on the ground. We have to work really hard to reclaim the glory and stay in the top half of the table. ”
Why is this important and what is the big picture?
- Mashiane’s two goals in four appearances make him the second-highest scorer for the League Chiefs with Leonardo Castro, Samir Nurkovic and Lebogang Manyama, and only Nkosingiphile Ngcobo has more with three.
- The left-wing has scored one goal in each of his last two games and he will look to become Amakhosi’s first player to score in three straight games this season.
- The Chiefs will face Stellenbosch for the fifth time and they boast an unbeaten record against Stellies having recorded three wins and a draw in all competitions.
- The last meeting between the two teams was in August 2020 and the match ended in a 1-1 draw and the result hampered the Chiefs’ hopes of winning the league title which they ultimately lost to Mamelodi. Sundowns.
- A win over Stellies could put Amakhosi in the PSL newspaper’s top four, which would be a sign of improvement for a team that were above the relegation zone nearly two weeks ago.