South Africa Player of the Week: Thabo Nthethe - Bloemfontein Celtic

Phunya Sele Sele's captain marshaled his troops, provided a solid defensive display and secured his side's first trophy since 2005 with a man of the match performance
South Africa Player of the Week
Thabo Nthethe
AGE 28
TEAM Bloemfontein Celtic
Bloemfontein Celtic
1-0 Mamelodi Sundowns

Thabo Nthethe was disciplined, decisive and commanding in defence during the Telkom Knockout Final on Saturday night. A goalless first half was almost chanceless, as Nthethe blocked strikes, stifled attacking situations and organised his defensive unit against a Mamelodi Sundowns side which was deemed as favourites to take one of the most lucrative prizes in South African football. Following Joel Mogorosi's controversial opener early in the second half, Celtic had to hang on to their lead, which they did without nerves, buoyed up by their captain's continued professional performance. Nthethe has been the life and soul of Phunya Sele Sele and his man of the match display was no surprise. The 28-year-old has been in the Bafana Bafana fold the last few outings of the national side and he is at the peak of powers. His versatility and understanding of his game has led to the player becoming one of the most powerful centre-backs in South African football.        

Congratulations to Thabo Nthethe ,'s 9th South Africa Player of the Week winner!

Honourable Mention

Ruzaigh Gamildien– Bloemfontein Celtic

The midfielder was once again in superb form during the Telkom Knockout final and his talents will not go unnoticed if he continues to display his creative spark and strength in the middle of the park. Gamildien was one of the many reasons Celtic were able to boss the game on Saturday evening.   

Lennox Bacela- Bloemfontein Celtic

Siwele's illustrious forward was once again the leader of the attack during their defeat of Sundowns. He provided his side with an attacking threat throughout the encounter and made sure that Celtic did not go into their shell following their opening goal.

Themba Zwane– Mamelodi Sundowns

During a night many Sundowns' players will want to forget, Themba Zwane was electric and looked the most likely to find Sundowns' opening goal, as he linked up well with Richard Henyekane on numerous occasions. Zwane was a surprise selection for the clash and will hope his new coach Pitso Mosimane gives him more opportunites as the season progresses.

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