POLOKWANE — Despite ending South African Premier Soccer League log leaders Kaizer Chiefs’ unbeaten run, SuperSport United striker Kingston Nkhatha says there was nothing special about their victory over his former team.
The Zimbabwean international played a significant role in guiding Matsatsantsa to a 2-0 victory over Amakhosi in a Premiership match played at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night.
Second half strikes from Jeremy Brockie and substitute Dove Wome were enough to hand Chiefs with their first taste of defeat in the 2014/15 campaign.
Nkhatha told Sport24, in an exclusive interview yesterday, that beating the Phefeni Glamour Boys was just part of their mandate as a team and he will not take too much from it.
“Yes, I am happy that we managed to win the game as a team last night, the feeling is good,” said Nkhatha. “But it’s not all about a feeling of beating Kaizer Chiefs, but a feeling of representing the SuperSport United brand.
“To me there was nothing special about beating my former team because we play every game to win regardless of who we play against. That’s our primary mandate whenever we play.”
Heading into their much anticipated clash, the focus was on the 29-year-old forward, but Nkhatha hinted that he did not feel any added pressure on his shoulders, especially from the Chiefs supporters.
“I didn’t feel any pressure at all going to the game.
“There is no pressure at all going here at SuperSport United.
“If I have managed to well to handle a pressure from the Chiefs’ supporters while I was still playing for them, why should I feel pressured now because they are my opposition?
“The coach (Gordon Igesund) told me before the game that I should just be myself and not worry much about them (Chiefs’ fans).
“I expected that kind of reception from them because that’s what they do best but at the end I was more delighted that we managed to get the result we were looking for as a team.”
Matsatsantsa’s next game will be against Polokwane City in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday next week.