The Tshwane-based outfit have experienced a downward spiral in the league, ever since suffering a heart-wrenching defeat to TP Mazembe in the Caf Confederation Cup final back in November of 2017. Eric Tinkler’s men have only won five games out of a possible 17, but the signs of a potential revival are certainly there.
While they may have recently suffered defeats to AmaZulu and Golden Arrows, they showed true grit as they overcame a high-flying Maritzburg United, and in midweek, they would consider themselves as being highly unfortunate as they came within seconds of another three points against Polokwane City, only to be denied by a stoppage time equaliser.
SuperSport’s current form is a total contrast to the highs which they had set in 2017, but one of their star striker who has forced to come into prominence due to the departure of Jeremy Brockie, believes that a change of fortunes is inevitable.
However, while SuperSport were previously touted to be favourites for this season’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) crown, winning the title seems to be the last thing on the Zimbabwean’s mind right now.
“We have to be in the top eight first, before we can even talk about anything else,” Nkhatha told The Saturday Star.
The former Kaizer Chiefs forward also explains that the change in fortunes could be down to a lack of confidence.
“I don’t think there is much difference between us and the team we were last year,” Nkhatha said.
“The only change is that some of the guys’ confidence went down because we are not winning. When a team is not winning, obviously everyone’s confidence goes down," he continued.
“But at least now that we have been talking about it, everyone is trying to push hard. You could even see against Polokwane City that everyone was willing to put in the shift. Everyone was willing to grind for the team to win,” he explained.
“So, I think that the confidence is starting to come back slowly. When we start winning you will see the old SuperSport. I think the game against Polokwane was the turning point for us,” he expressed.