Cape Town City midfielder Thabo Nodada says he is excited for the challenge of representing Coastal United in the inaugural DStv Compact Cup that will kick-off this weekend with the semifinals.
United are up against Dinaledi in Durban in their semi on Saturday with a squad chosen by fans from topflight clubs City, Stellenbosch FC, Chippa United and Baroka FC.
"I'm pretty excited, I'm on a red card [in the DStv Premiership] so it is going to be a while before I can get back onto the pitch and play. So to be given an opportunity to play now in January is amazing,” Nodada said.
He will have some familiar teammates, such as fellow City stars Taariq Fielies, Terrence Mashego and Mpho Makola, but also a host of new players to get used to. The one he is most looking forward to taking the field with?
"I am looking forward to playing with Ashley du Preez, the striker from Stellenbosch. I think he is very quick and a great player. So I am looking forward to putting balls in behind [the opposition defence] for him to chase.”
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Nodada has endured a difficult first half of the season but thanked the fans for voting for him to play in the competition.
"I don't think I have been at my best in the last six months, with injuries and other things. So for the fans to choose me over other players is really a confidence booster and I won't let them down.”
The South African domestic season is currently on a long mid-season break due to the Africa Cup of Nations that is taking place in Cameroon.