Ngoma honoured by PSL recognition
Posted: 27 June 2017 Time: 14:31
Cape Town City star midfielder Aubrey Ngoma has expressed his delight at being nominated for three PSL awards this year.
Ngoma has just come off his best ever season as a professional, managing seven goals and 16 assists in all domestic competitions in his first season in the Mother City.
The former Orlando Pirates winger's contribution has been rewarded by nominations in three categories – Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament, Absa Premiership Midfielder of the Season and Absa Premiership Player's Player of the Season.
"I'm very much honoured and humbled to have been nominated with such players that have had an amazing season with their respective clubs," commented the Hammanskraal-born attacker, while chatting to SAFA.net.
"It shows if you put in the hard work you'll get all the recognition, and I'm very much happy and looking forward to the [awards] event.
"It's been a good season for me, personally, and for the club. I'm just happy to be amongst the nominees for the upcoming PSL awards."
Adding to his nomiations following a fine 2016/17 campaign, Ngoma has also seen himself drafted into the Bafana Bafana setup, making his international debut in an international friendly against Zambia earlier this month.
He has since been called-up once again to represent the team at this year's Castle COSAFA Cup in North West, where Stuart Baxter's chargers will be looking to defend their title.
"It's always an honour to be called up to come and represent the national team," adds the 27-year-old.
"When you have to represent the country you must take it as an opportunity and an honour, because there's a whole lot of players that could be chosen but you were given that opportunity.
"I feel very much priviledged and honoured, and I'm looking forward to the tournament."
Baxter named a young squad consisting mostly of the various junior national team stars, while Ngoma and Lorenzo Gordinho are the only two previously capped players at senior level.
Bafana will enter the tournament at the quarter-final, as reigning champions, and 'Ytjukutja' believes the mixture and balance of the squad should allow them to defend their crown.
"Teams will be looking at us as the hosts and defending champions, but I think the coach has selected a very nice mixture in the squad," he says.
"The team looks balanced, and if we can just do what the coach requires from us then we've got a very good chance [of defending our title].
"It's a very young squad and, as the coach has said, he's looking to bring players that are potential future Bafana representatives.
"So if you look at the team it has a good mixture – the boys that have done well for the under-20s as well as those who have done well for the under-23s, it's good for the national teams to have continuation from development sides up to the senior team.