Cape Town City winger Aubrey Ngoma looking to improve on last season's performances
Posted: 3 December 2017 Time: 08:00
Cape Town City winger Aubrey Ngoma aims to better his impressive statistics from last term without the help of his former partner in crime Lebogang Manyama.
Ngoma hit seven goals and provided 16 assists in 2016/17 to earn the best PSL midfielder and Telkom Knockout player accolades at the PSL Awards.
However, a knee injury sustained on Bafana Bafana duty in June meant he only made his first appearance of the season off the bench in a 2-2 draw with Golden Arrows last Saturday.
The 28-year-old is eager to make up for lost time.
“As a footballer I try to improve my stats every season and I’m hoping that once I’m match-fit I can even get better than I was last season,” Ngoma tells KickOff.com.
“But my main focus at the moment is to make sure that I keep improving every season. I need to mature and ensure that I’ve been playing regularly.
“And once I keep improving I’ll become a better player for the club as well. You can always go forward from there.”
Ngoma and Manyama formed a deadly attacking combination in the Citizens' first year of existence, with the latter being named PSL Footballer of the Season before earning an overseas move to Konyaspor in August. Manyama is yet to truly settle in Turkey, although his confidence would have risen after bagging a brace in a cup tie on Wednesday.
Ngoma says he didn't find it strange to play without Manyama on the field.
“It was not strange because I’ve trained with the guys for quite a while now and I’m getting used to the fact that he’s gone; he’s moved on,” says Ngoma.
“That is the beauty of football... people get better opportunities and they move on and at the same time it gives other youngsters a chance to come in. We can only get better as a club and I’m looking forward to the remainder of the first round.”
City coach Benni McCarthy has hinted Ngoma will have a prominent role when the team next faces Maritzburg United on December 5 at Princess Magogo Stadium.