Henrico Botes comments on award and Platinum Stars' good form
Posted: 21 December 2012 Time: 13:19
Henrico Botes says there is still a 'lot of football to be played', despite Platinum Stars being in the comfort of third place halfway through the season.
The Namibian striker has led the way with six goals and was named the best player for the second quarter of the season.
The tall striker, who celebrates his 33rd birthday on Monday, says he hopes he can keep up his performance until the end of the season.
"It has been okay for me because I have been scoring goals and the team has been doing well, which is the most important thing," Botes says.
"If this was the end of the season and the team was in third and I was among the top goal scorers then I would be ecstatic, but this is only the halfway stage so that's why I say I'm 'okay'.
"There is still a lot of football to be played before the season ends and my mind is firmly in that direction right now.
"What will matter more is where we finish as a team at the end of the season and not where we are right now. I cannot be getting carried away by what has happened at the halfway stage ...
"However, I have to admit that this has been my best first half of the season in my seven years in the PSL. I am grateful that I have been able to avoid injuries so far this season. I am not one to seek personal glory so I will be happy if the team wins something and I have contributed," Botes says.
Now standing as the longest serving player at the club, since arriving from Moroka Swallows in 2007, Botes credits coach Cavin Johnson and his teammates for the progress they have made.
"Cavin has been very instrumental in getting to this position because he believes in good football and always wants us to play with a smile.
"We have a good team here and I have risen to the occasion courtesy of my teammates. I have been impressed by [Mogakolodi] Ngele and Thuso Phala, with Benson Mhlongo and [Tshepo] Gumede also doing a superb job at the back.
"It has been a solid all round performance from the team," says Botes, adding that he will be spending the holidays around South Africa and not travelling back to Namibia.