Eric Mathoho Kaizer Chiefs

Chiefs will sorely miss the towering presence of Eric Mathoho. Image: Goal

A tribute to Kaizer Chiefs legend Eric ‘Tower’ Mathoho

Kaizer Chiefs are saying goodbye to one of their most adored club legends. Here’s why Eric Mathoho deserves his flowers.

Eric Mathoho Kaizer Chiefs

Chiefs will sorely miss the towering presence of Eric Mathoho. Image: Goal

Adored by fans and teammates alike, Eric Mathoho will leave a massive void when he departs Kaizer Chiefs at the end of this campaign.

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Kaizer Chiefs Golden Years

Born all the way back in 1990 in the Limpopo suburb of Tshiombo, Eric Mathoho was a key pillar in Amakhosi’s glorious DStv Premiership and MTN8 double in 2014/15, making 25 PSL appearances in that campaign. Overall, the big man notched 26 goals in 259 appearances in the famous black and gold jersey. That’s quite a tally for a central defender, with those strikes coming once every 10 games on average. Sergio Ramos would be proud. Mathoho also earned 34 Bafana Bafana caps.

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Weird times at Naturena. Photo: Twitter @KaizerChiefs

A literal and figurative giant

Standing 1.90m tall, Eric Mathoho’s physical stature has been hard to ignore down the years. ‘Tower’ endeared himself to Amakhosi supporters with his imposing style in the centre of defence, but there’s also an underrated elegance to his game when he carries the ball forward to launch passing sequences for his team. Any regular follower of the PSL knows that.

Nothing lasts forever in football, legends come and go at massive clubs, but Mathoho’s presence will be sorely missed. Chiefs have already secured new central defensive signings to compensate for this considerable loss, but there is only one Eric Mathoho.

After almost 11 years at the club, it’s time to bid a sad farewell to this bona fide Kaizer Chiefs legend.

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Tower. Image: Goal

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