The most painful part in a footballers career is being not able to play due to injury, one player who has endured that is Thabo Nodada. The pint-sized midfielder got injured in the Nedbank Cup against Highlands Park and had to see his hopes of making Bafana’s team that went to AFCON go up in smoke.
“It was difficult, I couldn’t help the team, I couldn’t play in the Afcon. We had a chance to win the league, I couldn’t help the team”.
At first, it seemed as if it was just a knock and that he would be back into action.
“I didn’t think it was as serious, only hit me up on the third day. My knee was stiff, locked and I went for an MRI scan and it confirmed the worst”.
After being one of the best players for Cape Town City during the 2018/19 season. It was a bitter pill to swallow not having him to play.
“Coach was disappointed, I could see it, he felt it with me. Everyone, in fact, everyone at Cape Town city. Everyone was supportive, took a while to get over the pity but yeah, everyone was positive”.
The Ixopo born made his first start for the season against SuperSport United and what a way to announce his return to the starting line up, he bagged a brace and a man of the match award.
“It felt good, felt really good to be on the field. Didn’t think I’d make 90 but I did. The goals are God’s way of rewarding me for my hard work, telling me not to stop, keep going, believe in yourself”.
The Citizen will face Golden Arrows on Sunday at Cape Town Stadium.