Cape Town City's PSL Awards winner Aubrey Ngoma inspired to come back stronger
Posted: 11 July 2017 Time: 11:39
Cape Town City winger Aubrey Ngoma has taken plenty of heart from picking up two accolades at the PSL Awards in Johannesburg on Monday evening.
Ngoma is currently on crutches following knee surgery last week, but was in high spirits after bagging the Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament as well as the Absa Premiership Midfielder of the Season awards, worth a total of R250 000.
The 27-year-old says the recognition and rewards for his efforts come as big motivation for him to return even stronger next season, as he aims to add to his list of accolades.
“To be honest, the two awards I received was a massive boost in my motivation to come back stronger,” Ngoma tells KickOff.com.
“To see my hard work being recognised and getting the rewards shows that, if I can work harder and continue to improve as a player, I can reap the fruits.
“This is motivation for me to work very hard in getting my fitness back after recovering from my injury.”
Seeing his teammate and friend Lebogang Manyama make a clean sweep at the Sandton Convention Centre last night after suffering a similar injury setback last year has offered even more hope for Ngoma.
“We had to finish the Mpumalanga Black Aces season [2015/16] without him [Manyama] because he also had quite a lengthy injury and was sitting at home,” he continues.
“But the player he proved to be this season, you would never say that he was out for such a long time before the season, so it’s motivating to see that he came back strong.
“There are also other players I can look to who came back from injury and are doing well right now. This injury is just a minor setback, which I’ve taken very positively and I tell myself that everything happens for a reason.
“I just need to ensure I work hard on recovering and getting back to full fitness… I have about 11 weeks to go before I’m back in action."