Mvala vows to regain last season's top form

Mothobi Mvala of Highlands Park has not quite hit the ground running.
Mothobi Mvala of Highlands Park has not quite hit the ground running.
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Mothobi Mvala has promised to regain the form that saw him become one of the most-talked about players in the Absa Premiership last season.

That was because Mvala was scoring goals that mattered the most for Highlands Park in a season where they had just returned from the NFD after being relegated from top-flight football in the 2016/17 season.

Highlands finished seventh on the log and qualified for the MTN8 Cup competition, where they have progressed to the semifinals. The Tembisa club drew 0-0 with Polokwane City in the first leg of their semifinal at the weekend.

Highlands have since played six matches and Mvala - whose goal tally was eight last year - is yet to find the back of the net.

"You are right, my form has taken a knock," he said yesterday. "It is heart-breaking to hear that people are aware that something seems not to be going well in your performance, but at the same time it is motivating and I appreciate it because it will make me work even harder."

Mvala said even coach Owen da Gama did have a brotherly chat with him about his performance. "To be honest, I don't know why my form has taken a dip. I think it's normal for every individual in life to come across that period.

"Sometimes the opposition also makes it difficult for me because I have become a marked man, but I've got to work around it and regain my form. I am working with a video analyst ...I will get better."

On the 0-0 draw with Rise and Shine in the MTN8, Mvala said: "We will make up for this in the second leg at home in Tembisa [on September 17]."