After the international break, Cape Town City swing back into action with an away game against Polokwane City on Tuesday.
The Citizens are in great form at the moment, having reeled off two successive wins – 3-0 over AmaZulu and 3-1 against Black Leopards – and they are keen to maintain their dash up the PSL standings.
As it stands on the log, Orlando Pirates and Wits are the pacesetters at the top, on 23 and 20 points respectively, while Polokwane are in seventh (18 points) and City in eighth position (13 points).
City are fully aware they are in for a really tough, competitive outing against a Polokwane side that have earned praise for their committed and inspired performances this season.
The fixture is scheduled for the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
“It’s a difficult away game on a surface that requires a bit more concentration,” said hard-working midfielder Thabo Nodada.
“Polokwane are playing really well this season and their league position is a reflection of that – but we’ve got to keep the momentum we’ve built and give it a go.
“We have had enough time to prepare for them, and I’m sure we will be ready to take all three points on Tuesday night.”
Nodada is an influential member of the City squad. His unselfish work in the heart of the midfield is an integral part of how the Cape side operates.
In fact, the 23-year-old’s animated performances have been so good that he has even caught the eye of the Bafana Bafana selectors.
Nodada was in the South African national football squad for the two qualifiers against the Seychelles last month, but missed out for the recent games against Nigeria and Paraguay.
Nodada, though, will keep working hard; he is still young, still honing his craft, and he will get another national opportunity.
But, having watched Bafana face Nigeria and Paraguay, Nodada was impressed with the work of his club captain, Thamsanqa Mkhize.
The right back was impressive for Bafana – and Nodada is confident Mkhize will continue to set the example when City return to league action next week.
“Thami was solid as always,” said Nodada about his City teammate and captain. “I thought he gave very good cover to both his centre-back and winger.
“He was always providing an extra man in attack and on occasion had chances to get a crack at the keeper.
“It was another motivating performance from the skipper.”@Reinerss11