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Rapidly improving Thabo Nodada is destined to play in Europe, says Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy

18:12 SAST 2018/10/07
Cape Town City, Thabo Nodada, September 2018
The former FC Porto and West Ham United striker is happy with Nodada's attitude and performance

Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy believes that Thabo Nodada is destined to play in Europe. 

The maestro midfield has established himself as one of the top central midfielders in the Premier Soccer League (PSL). 

Nodada played an important role in helping the Citizens clinch the recent 2018 MTN8 and he was rewarded with his maiden call-up to the South Africa national team. 

McCarthy, who is one of South Africa's greatest players of all-time, praised the KwaZulu-Natal-born player's mentality and work ethic. 

“There’s something about these Zulu boys. Their mentality and work ethic is second to none. He’s got talent, but he works effortlessly,” McCarthy said according to IOL.

“When you put in that amount of work to improve yourself and better yourself, the only way is up. No one can be able to keep a player like that down," he continued. 

“Nodada is a very intelligent boy. He knows what he wants. He always asks me a lot of questions, which is tiring. But it shows. His performances speak volumes," he added. 

“I don’t mind answering the questions he always asks me because he always want to improve himself. He wants to work on every aspect of his game. He works on his weaknesses and strengths,” McCarthy, who is the only South African to win the Uefa Champions League explained. 

“Believe you me, the kid is not going to play in South Africa for so long. He will go abroad because he is one South African player I can vouch for to make it in Europe," he added. 

McCarthy, who is South Africa's all-time top goalscorer, feels that Nodada's call-up to Bafana Bafana came a little bit late. 

“I’m delighted for him to get the Bafana call-up, but maybe it’s a little late because the likes of him and Siphesihle Ndlovu (Maritzburg United) have been on form since the end of last year,” McCarthy concluded.

Bafana will take on Seychelles in back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers later this month.