Norodien on a mission at City
Posted: 14 October 2018 Time: 10:00
Cape Town City newcomer Riyaad Norodien is on a mission to regain the form that prompted Orlando Pirates to sign him in 2016 from Ajax Cape Town.
Norodien endured a lean 18 months with Pirates, but is looking to kick-start his career at City following his return to Cape Town in the off-season.
The 23-year-old, who scored three goals in 14 appearances during a productive loan spell at Platinum Stars last term, was handed a five-year contract by the Citizens.
And he has already won the MTN8 with Benni McCarthy’s side, as he slotted one of the penalties in the 4-1 shootout win over former cup holders SuperSport United at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium on September 29.
"Definitely [I have to restart my career]. I just have to keep working hard being in the team and make my mark like at Ajax, which was why Pirates signed me," Norodien tells KickOff.com.
"Also I have to show what I did at Platinum Stars and do it here also. Like they say, the season is still young so everything comes with time. You have to believe in yourself and the performance comes naturally on its own."
Norodien also won the MTN8 with Ajax in 2015 when the then-Absa Premiership club defeated Kaizer Chiefs in the final at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
He believes the trophies on his CV can serve as a marketing tool for moves down the line.
"Winning the MTN8 title means a lot to me. The two Cape Town teams that I have played for, two wins, it's great," he said.
"This is great also for my CV, it's a great thing. Okay we lost the Nedbank Cup in 2014 (ED: 2015 final loss to Mamelodi Sundowns) and if I had to win that one it was going to be another.
"At the end of the day when you get much older teams look at those things; what can you add to their team. They are not going to sign you because of your name, but they're going to sign you for what you bring to their team."