Benni McCarthy earmarks Thabo Nodada for European test
Posted: 20 February 2018 Time: 11:01
Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has reserved praise for midfielder Thabo Nodada, and believes he has what it takes to go and ply his trade abroad.
Nodada has continued to rise since making his professional debut with Mpumalanga Black Aces in the 2015/16 season, and is currently one of the stalwarts at City.
The 22-year-old has been industrious in the heart of the team’s midfield this season, doing the dirty work in 18 of the Citizens’ 21 league games.
McCarthy says the KwaZulu-Natal-born dynamo has been an unsung hero for his side thus far, but admits there is still room for improvement.
“I think Nodada’s been remarkable. He’s had an unbelievable season, looking at how far he’s come from last season,” McCarthy said.
“He needs to just keep his feet firmly on the ground and just continue improving himself game-by-game.”
The former FC Porto star also believes Nodada has what it takes to cut it in Europe, with discussions over a possible trial already in the pipeline.
“As a club, we discuss and look at things, and these are the kind of players who we would love to get the opportunity to spread his wings and go and try his luck in Europe,” he added.
“Come end of the season we might consider allowing him to go on trial in Europe and try his luck, because I think he’s a player with huge potential and he can succeed in Europe.
“Myself and the chairman [John Comitis], we do have our talks on certain players, and I think he’s one of the players who continues to stay humble and very respectful – that’s why he is playing so well. So yeah, we would love to see him trying his luck abroad.”