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Thamsanqa Mkhize relishing life at Cape Town City

Posted: 7 December 2016 Time: 11:08

Cape Town City defender Thamsanqa Mkhize has shed some light on what has been working for the team ahead of the club's biggest game in their history.

Still in their first six months of existence, the City Boyz have been a revelation in their maiden PSL season, qualifying for their maiden cup final and currently leading the Absa Premiership log standings.

City warmed up the Telkom Knockout final this weekend by defeating league title contenders Bidvest Wits last Friday to keep the moment going, and remain unbeaten against the Gauteng-based clubs in the league.

Mkhize, who joined the Cape-based outfit at the beginning of the season after having his Orlando Pirates contract abruptly terminated less than a month into his stay, has credited the team's great start to the unity amongst the players and technical staff.

"I think what has helped us is unity. As players we play as a unit, and we work for each other and help one another," Mkhize tells KickOff.com. "That is what has helped this team, and also the grace of God.

"But to honest with you, as a player you want to play every game. Since we have been playing and winning these matches, obviously that lifts us to another gear and the following match we want to get maximum points.

"I wouldn’t say we are also thinking of winning the league now, but each and every game we play, we play with the intention of winning and I think that is what has been helping us a lot."

The 28-year-old, who has slotted into the right-back position and is now coach Eric Tinkler's preferred choice ahead of Vincent Kobola, picked up the man of the match award in their win over Wits, but downplays his individual contribution while crediting the team's display.

"I’m gratefully for the opportunity the coach is giving me and I’m grateful also to my teammates for the support since I arrived," he adds. "I can say everyone in the team has been superb with how they welcomed me and also the way we have been working.

"The man of the match [award] was a team effort because, even if it was not me getting the award, it was going to come [to another player] within the team, which is great.

"What is important is not about man of the matche [awards], it is for the team to perform well and, whoever gets the man of the match award, it's a bonus for the team doing well."

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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