‘No­dada is the player of the fu­ture for SA foot­ball’

Daily News - - SPORT - MIKE DE BRUYN

THABO NO­DADA is one of the young guns strik­ing a pose for Cape Town City.

The diminu­tive mid­fielder hasn’t looked back since join­ing the Mother City club from Mpumalanga Black Aces in 2016, but he had to work hard to be­come a first team reg­u­lar.

“Thabo came to us rel­a­tively young,” said City owner John Comi­tis.

“What I saw was a tena­cious in­di­vid­ual who was will­ing to ap­ply him­self and who wel­comed any ad­vice. His first head coach was Eric Tin­kler (2016/17) who felt that he wasn’t ready for first team duty.

“So he had to watch on, and while he would have been dis­ap­pointed by that, he al­ways stayed pos­i­tive.

“Come the end of the sea­son I re­mem­ber Thabo is­su­ing a state­ment say­ing that he would be ready for the 2017/18 sea­son and that the coach wouldn’t be able to ig­nore him.

“Eric parted ways with us and in stepped Benni McCarthy. Thabo would get his chance and how he’s taken it.

“Right now I rate him as the player of the fu­ture for South African foot­ball,” added Comi­tis.

“He’s in­tel­li­gent, both on and off the field, and he can play in sev­eral po­si­tions.”

City as­sis­tant coach Vasili Manousakis says No­dada is a born win­ner. “What a plea­sure to work with him every sin­gle day. He has an un­be­liev­able at­ti­tude, his work ethic is se­cond to none and I could carry on and on. We’re talk­ing about a player who is go­ing to be­come a house­hold name.

“And if Benni says he has what it takes to play in Europe, then he must be spe­cial,” said Manousakis.

No­dada, who has earned sev­eral call-ups to the na­tional team, wants to win more tro­phies with City who won the MTN8 ti­tle in Oc­to­ber.

“I’m with a club with big am­bi­tions and I’m go­ing to do all I can to help bring in more sil­ver­ware.”

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