Maritzburg United’s Siphesihle Ndlovu eyes top PSL Award

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The Bafana Bafana midfielder wants to help the Team of Choice qualify for a continental competition next year

Siphesihle Ndlovu is one of the finest players in the Maritzburg United squad and has already been touted as a possible candidate for the Premier Soccer League Player of the Season Award.

Ndlovu says he started the current PSL season with no hope of making it big, but he has even bigger dreams as the season comes to an end.

The midfielder has been exceptional for the Team of Choice as they reached the MTN8 Cup semi-final at the start of the campaign.

Just last weekend, they managed to beat Baroka FC to cement their spot in the top eight and reached 42 points, as well as claiming 11 wins for the first time in the club’s history.

Speaking about his contribution, Ndlovu revealed that he wants to win a trophy this season as they welcome Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup semi-final this weekend.

After walking away with the PSL Player of the Month Award for February, Ndlovu was called up to the Bafana Bafana squad during the Fifa international break in March.

Moreover, the 21-year-old could be in line for a number of awards such as the Young Player of the Season, Most Promising Player of the Tournament in the Nedbank Cup and the Midfielder of the Season awards, but he wants to win the Young Player of the Season award.

“It has really been a hard season, but I’m really grateful for the things I’ve achieved. The opposition have been targeting me. It is all about hard work and I know I need to grind more,” he said to IOL.

“I have to keep calm because if you are targeted you can easily get frustrated, but I know I have to stay calm. It is very important to keep your feet on the ground. That’s all,” Ndlovu continued.

“At the start of the season, I wasn’t expecting anything, but now I can start dreaming. Things are happening. Even if I’m a contender it is fine. The one that I’m keen to win is the Young Player Award,” Ndlovu said.

With coach Fadlu Davids set to make history in leading the KwaZulu-Natal side to the Caf Confederation Cup, the Pietermaritzburg-born midfielder said he has learned a lot with Bafana and will welcome an opportunity to play on the continent.

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“The experience I got from the national team has made me strong. Playing in Africa is a very nice adventure. They really kick there,” he added.

“We'll get more exposure if we qualify to play in Africa,” Ndlovu concluded.

Ndlovu will want to stun the Brazilians when they meet at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Sunday afternoon, kick-off is at 15:00.

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