Eric Mathoho

Last updated

Eric Mathoho
Personal information
Full name Mulomowandau Eric Mathoho
Date of birth (1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 (age 32)
Place of birth Tshiombo, Thohoyandou, Venda
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Kaizer Chiefs
Number 3
Youth career
Tshiombo XI Securitas
The Dolphins
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2009–2012 Bloemfontein Celtic 56 (4)
2012– Kaizer Chiefs 211 (19)
National team
2011– South Africa 37 (1)
2016 South Africa Olympic 2 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 9 May 2015
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 09:48, 4 October 2020 (UTC)

Eric "Tower" Mathoho (born 1 May 1990 in Thohoyandou) is a South African football central defender. He currently plays for Kaizer Chiefs and South Africa.

Contents

Early life

Mathoho was born in Tshiombo near Thohoyandou. He played soccer from a young age. He made balls out of onion bags and he played games in maize fields during harvest time and would tear off his toe nails when he kicked the ground and bruise his feet . [1]

Club career

Bloemfontein Celtic

Mathoho joined Bloemfontein Celtic from Limpopo-based Dolphins FC after going for trials with two other players in July 2009 under Owen da Gama. [2] Mathoho made his debut on 3 February 2010 in a 0–0 draw against Mamelodi Sundowns under Clinton Larsen and was named Man of the Match. [1] [3] He scored his first goal on 27 February 2011 in a 5–0 win over Supersport United. [4] He put on great performances in his first six months as a professional and was linked to Maccabi Haifa and went for trials at FC Twente but the €1 million deal never materialised. [5] The deal collapsed because of financial laws in the Netherlands which insisted foreign players must get paid a significant amount – a law designed to control the quality of players brought into the country. Mathoho was set to be a replacement for Douglas who was leaving having been linked with Juventus and Bayern Munich but the deal collapsed. [6]

Kaizer Chiefs

Mathoho joined Chiefs only in June 2012 after being linked with them since January and also Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns and was unveiled on 1 July 2012. [7] Mathoho made his debut on 5 August 2012 in a 4–1 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns where Chiefs were 4–0 down by the 36th minute. [8] On 13 September 2012, Mathoho suffered a shoulder dislocation against Maritzburg United. [9] On 3 April 2013, he scored his first goal in Chiefs colours against Maritzburg United in a 1–1 draw. [10] He won the 2012/13 league title and the Nedbank Cup in his first season. Mathoho made his CAF Champions League debut on 1 March 2014 and scored against Liga Muculmana in a 4–0 win at Moses Mabhida Stadium on what was his 24th birthday. [11] At the beginning of the 2014–15 season, Mathoho was part of a team that went 19 games without losing in the process, winning the MTN8 without conceding a goal and later won the league.

International career

He made his debut for South Africa on 14 May 2011 versus Tanzania in an international friendly. [12] Mathoho played every minute of South Africa's successful AFCON qualifying campaign in 2014 under Ephraim Mashaba to help them qualify for the first time since 2008. [13]

Style of play

Mathoho is a defender that also has the ability to launch attacks and go forward to add numbers and he is a threat in the air and at set-pieces. [14]

International career

International goals

Scores and results list South Africa's goal tally first. [15]
GoalDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.13 October 2015 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, HondurasFlag of Honduras.svg  Honduras 1–01–1 Friendly

Honours

Kaizer Chiefs

Related Research Articles

Rogério Paulo Cesar de Sá is a South African soccer manager and former player and played as goalkeeper.

Bernard Parker South African footballer

Bernard Parker is a South African professional association footballer who plays as a midfielder or striker for Kaizer Chiefs.

Steve Komphela is a South African football plumber and a former teacher. He is the former manager of Maritzburg United, Kaizer Chiefs, and Bloemfontein Celtic. He is currently managing Mamelodi Sundowns in the Premier Soccer League.

Reneilwe "Yeye" Letsholonyane is a South African retired professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He represented the South Africa national team at international level.

2008–09 Nedbank Cup Football tournament season

Nedbank Cup is a South African club football (soccer) tournament. The knockout tournament, based on the English FA Cup format, carries a 'David versus Goliath' theme. The competition was sponsored by ABSA until 2007, after which Nedbank took over sponsorship.

Siyanda Xulu South African soccer player

Siyanda Xulu is a South African professional soccer player who plays as a centre-back for Hapoel Tel Aviv and the South Africa national team.

Cuthbert Malajila is a Zimbabwean footballer who plays as a forward for Premier Soccer League side Black Leopards in South Africa. He also plays for the Zimbabwe national football team.

Willard Katsande is a Zimbabwean professional footballer, a former player of Premier Soccer League club Kaizer Chiefs and the Zimbabwe national team. He is currently with DStv Premiership side Sekhukhune United F.C.

Tefu Mashamaite South African soccer player

Tefu Mashamaite is a South African association football player who plays as a defender. Mashamaite is known for punishing defences with his powerful headers from corners and dead ball situations and his penchant for scoring in his hometown of Polokwane.

Mandla Greatful Masango is a South African footballer who most recently played as a right winger for Randers in Denmark. Masango represented South Africa at various youth levels and has been a full international since making his senior debut in 2013.

Nedbank Cup is a South African club football (soccer) tournament. The knockout tournament, based on the English FA Cup format, was one of a weak opponent facing a stronger one. The competition was sponsored by ABSA until 2007, after which Nedbank took over sponsorship.

The 2015–16 South African Premier Division season is the twentieth season of the Premier Soccer League since its establishment in 1996.

The 2016–17 South African Premier Division season is the 21st season of the Premier Soccer League since its establishment in 1996.

The 2016–17 Nedbank Cup is a South African club football (soccer) tournament. The knockout tournament, based on the English FA Cup format, was one of a weak opponent facing a stronger one.

The 2017–18 Nedbank Cup is a South African club football (soccer) tournament. The knockout tournament, based on the English FA Cup format, was one of a weak opponent facing a stronger one.

The 2019–20 South African Premier Division season is the 24th season of the Premier Soccer League since its establishment in 1996. The season began in August 2019 and will conclude in September 2020. Mamelodi Sundowns are the two-time defending champions. This season's winner will qualify for the 2020–21 CAF Champions League along with the second-placed team. The 3rd placed team and Nedbank Cup winners qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup.

The 2020 MTN 8 was the 46th edition of South Africa's annual soccer cup competition, the MTN 8. It featured the top eight teams of the Premier Soccer League at the end of the 2019–20 season.

The 2020–21 South African Premier Division season is the 25th season of the Premier Soccer League since its establishment in 1996. Mamelodi Sundowns are the three-time defending champions. This season's winner will qualify for the 2021–22 CAF Champions League along with the second placed team. The 3rd placed team and Nedbank Cup winners qualify for the 2021–22 CAF Confederation Cup.

The 2020–21 season is Mamelodi Sundowns's 50th season in existence and 25th consecutive season in the South African Premier Division, the top tier of South African soccer. They will also participate in the Nedbank Cup, the MTN 8 and the CAF Champions League.

References

  1. 1 2 www.realnet.co.uk. "Bloemfontein Celtic defender Erick Mathoho is set for an overseas move". kickoff.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  2. "LiN | Tower Mathoho joins Bloemfontein Celtic". www.linmedia.co.za. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015.
  3. "Tower Mathoho rises into Goal South Africa Player of the Year 2014 nominees - Goal.com". goal.com. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  4. www.realnet.co.uk. "Bloemfontein Celtic beat SuperSport United". kickoff.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  5. www.realnet.co.uk. "Erick Mathoho will join FC Twente for trials on Tuesday". kickoff.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  6. "Bloemfontein Celtic's Erick Mathoho may move to Kaizer Chiefs - Goal.com". goal.com. 15 January 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  7. www.realnet.co.uk. "Erick Mathoho joins Kaizer Chiefs". kickoff.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  8. www.realnet.co.uk. "Mamelodi Sundowns beat Kaizer Chiefs in MTN8 match report". kickoff.com. Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  9. www.realnet.co.uk. "Kaizer Chiefs defender Mulolowandau Mathoho dislocates shoulder against Maritzburg United". kickoff.com. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  10. www.realnet.co.uk. "Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United draw 1-1". kickoff.com. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  11. www.realnet.co.uk. "Four-star Chiefs crush Muculmana". kickoff.com. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  12. "Bafana defeat Taifa Stars". Supersport. 14 May 2011. Archived from the original on 30 August 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  13. "Mathoho hoping to secure overseas move". news24.com. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  14. "Official Telkom website home page".
  15. "E. Mathoho". Soccerway. Retrieved 29 November 2016.