Cape Town City midfielder Thabo Nodada was named the winner of the September/October Absa Premiership Goal of the Month Award, for his individual effort against Orlando Pirates in the 3-3 draw at Orlando Stadium in September.

Nodada says he is happy to get the recognition for his first goal of the month award in his career.

It has been a difficult period for 11th placed City, who have recently had a coaching change with Dutchman Jan Olde Riekerink replacing Benni McCarthy last month.

Nodada says they are now adapting to the new coach’s philosophy.


Under Olde Riekerink, City have started with two goalless draws, and Nodada says they are going through a transition, and there is no need to panic.

Olde Riekerink is full of praise for Nodada, and he says it is great to have a player like him who asks questions and thinks about the game.

City play bottom-of-the-table Chippa United this weekend and with Riekerink still new to the country, he says his focus will be on his own team first and foremost.

Olde Riekerink says he will also be relying on his technical team for more information about the opponents, and says he is enjoying working with Vasili Manousakis, Rayaan Jacobs and fellow Dutchman Sjoerd Woudenberg. – Report by Rob Delport