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Why PSL Awards are a big thing for Cape Town City’s Thabo Nodada

10:51 IST 24/05/2018
Thabo Nodada, Cape Town City, December 2017
Having already bagged the club’s top award, the Citizens star eyes the Wafa Wafa Last Man Standing accolade

After bagging the club’s 2017/18 Player of the Season award, Cape Town City midfielder Thabo Nodada has expressed delight after being nominated for another top accolade.

The 22-year-old nippy midfielder is among the players who stand a chance of claiming the MTN8 Last Man Standing gong.

This was confirmed by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) on Monday when nominees for PSL end of the season awards were announced.

For the Citizens, Nodada played a crucial role as they reached the Wafa Wafa Cup final, but lost on penalties to champions SuperSport United last year after a 1-1 draw.

The Ixopo-born midfielder believes his football career is on the right track as he stands a fair chance of taking the coveted award.

However, he will battle it out against former SuperSport United striker Jeremy Brockie who joined PSL champions, Mamelodi Sundowns in January.

Apart from the New Zealand international, Nodada will hope to emerge victorious above the nominees as Amatsantsantsa A Pitori also have their goalkeeper Ronwen Williams on the list.

“I’m extremely happy,” said Nodada to IOL.

“It’s just the turn of events. I recently won the Player of the Season award at my club and now I have a chance to appear at the PSL awards ceremony for my performance in the MTN8,” said the midfielder.

“But obviously, and even more so, to represent Cape Town City, to stand up for Cape Town City,” he continued.

“The PSL Awards are a big thing, it’ll be my first time and I’m excited, I’m even anxious about the suit,” revealed Nodada. 

“Everything just seems to be coming into my stride and I’m really excited about it,” he concluded.

Despite their failure to win a trophy this past term, the Citizens managed to finish within the top eight bracket and will have another shot at the trophy.

Under debutant coach Benni McCarthy, City finished fifth on the PSL table and the former Bafana Bafana striker will have another attempt in bagging his first trophy as a manager.

Moreover, the midfielder will hope to get recognised for his efforts come Tuesday when the PSL announces the winners at the Sandton Convention Centre.