Nkhatha beats boo-boys: Again

Kingstone Nkhatha could be the most hated player at Kaizer Chiefs this season. Despite scoring a number of goals that made the difference and helped Chiefs win a rare league and cup double last season, Nkhatha has been a victim of boo-boys, who would rather coach Stuart Baxter used Lehlohonolo Majoro ahead of the Zimbabwean.

Kingstone Nkhatha
Kingstone Nkhatha

However, the Zimbabwean this week vowed to continue fighting to win more trophies with the Amakhosi. “It is a difficult time for me, but I will not allow that to affect me and I will continue fighting with the rest of the team,” said the former Caps FC and Free State Stars striker.

“I have been in the game long enough to understand these things happen and will not be bothered. I am here to play the game and that is what I will concentrate on doing till things come right.

As he said that, Nkhatha was the winner again, after he scored the first goal and helped the Soweto giants to a 2-1 home win over Bidvest Wits University at the FNB Stadium on Saturday. A late mistake by Moeneeb Josephs handed Kaizer Chiefs a 2-1 win against Bidvest Wits at Soccer City on Saturday evening, but not before the striker was booed again by his own club’s fans.

Nkhatha becomes the third Zimbabwean to face the wrath of his own club’s fans in less than two seasons. Goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini was pelted with missiles after his Amazulu side lost 2-0 to Maritzburg United recently, while midfielder Willard Katsande was the most hated at Chiefs two seasons ago.

Kapini has not featured for his side since the incident, but Katsande has, through his never-say-die attitude on the pitch, fought his way into the hearts and souls of Chiefs fans, in the same manner Nkhatha intends to do.

Baxter has vowed to keep playing Nkhatha in every game, saying “Even if I were to bench or substitute Kingstone, it would not be because of what the fans do because I see that as immature and selfish for them. I know Kingstone and what he can offer to this team.”

Chiefs captain, Itumeleng Khune, also bemoaned the way his teammate was being treated lately and pledged his support. “What the fans are doing is unfair to Kingstone because, besides the great job he is doing for Kaizer Chiefs, he remains a key member of the team and deserves all our support. The whole team is behind him and because he is such a strong man, I know he will pull through all this.”

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