Mkhonza: I can add value at Leopards

Former Kaizer Chiefs defender, Siphiwe Mkhonza is eager to add some value at his new found home at Black Leopards.

Mkhonza recently signed a year-long contract with the Limpopo-based outfit in December. If selected, he will feature next week when Leopards resume the second round of the Absa Premiership against defending champions, Orlando Pirates.

“Honestly speaking, it is a relief to have been given the opportunity to get back on the field after going through some problems in my career. So far, everything is going well and on course to get my career up and running again,” Mkhonza said.

‘Lidoda Duvha’, who are second from bottom on the Absa Premiership log, had a tough first half of the 2011/2012 season and will be looking to turn things around and move away from the bottom.

“There is nothing relieving and humbling as seeing players giving you the respect due to being an experienced player. I love to think that I’ve seen and done it all. The response from my teammates has been amazing and warm .I have a lot to do for this club as they have so much faith in me.

“I believe that I can add something of value to the club, and most importantly, above all, it has to be the leadership qualities.” Mkhonza added.

Lack of experience has been the main problem for the club but with the addition of the likes of Mkhonza and Benedict Vilakazi, this might improve.

“It’s a good thing that Leopards will be participating in such a big tournament. It gives the players the opportunity to experience the hostility and climate of playing in other African countries.I hope we get the support we need to do well, I know how it difficult it is to play there,” said the former SuperSport United man.

“I have been in a similar situation before, and have managed to contribute to a club’s relegation survival. I did it with Amazulu and Maritzburg United. I just hope we can all work as a unit and towards a common objective.”