Ndumiso Mabena should have won PSL top scorer award says Willem Jackson
Posted: 20 May 2016 Time: 15:12
Platinum Stars striker Ndumiso Mabena would have won the PSL top goalscorer award if it wasn’t for his early season misdemeanours – that’s according to Dikwena assistant coach Willem Jackson.
Mabena has netted 10 PSL goals this season, putting him joint-fifth on the charts and four behind current top-scorer Collins Mbesuma with just one round of fixtures left in the season.
Yet assistant coach Jackson feels the forward would have topped the charts if it wasn’t for his ill-discipline earlier in the campaign.
“Mabena is a hard worker you know,” he tells his club’s official website. “You put him in a game, it’s difficult for defenders to get the ball from him.
“This season, if it wasn’t for the two red cards that he got, he was going to be a top scorer. We believed in him and leave him one on one with keeper and give him a chance to score, he will make sure he scores. The red cards just dented his chances of being a top scorer. All in all he is a marvellous player.”
Cavin Johnson’s right-hand man then praised the 29-year-old for his professionalism on and off the pitch.
“He is always at training, always on time,” Jackson continues. “He is a good example to the youngsters. He is a leader on and off the field. You can see his attitude on football. He always encourages the youngsters that come from our development. He talks to them and also to the senior guys in the team.”
Jackson, a former Bafana Bafana player himself, said he hoped Mabena will be given a chance in South Africa’s upcoming Afcon qualifier against Gambia, having been included in Shakes Mashaba’s 23-man squad announced on Thursday.
“If he gets a chance to play, sometimes they put him in second half for 30 minutes,” he said. “It’s not enough for a player to prove himself. If he gets a chance to start with the team, he can prove a lot of people wrong. He deserves to be in the national team. He has been scoring goals for Stars. He scored marvelous goals. He is really an exciting player.
“Coming to the national team, I wish them everything of the best. They must just win. We need to go out there and concentrate on winning our two remaining games. Our pride is at stake, we just need to win.”
Mabena will hope to end the season on a positive not as Dikwena face champions Mamelodi Sundowns in their last game of the season tomorrow.