‘Ndlovu deserves player of the year’

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Ndlovu, who is making a strong case for the big award this season, has been a key player for the Team of Choice. The 21-year-old became the first Maritzburg player to win the Absa Premiership Player of the Month award in February and has been tipped to challenge Mamelodi Sundowns attacker Percy Tau for the Footballer of the Season award.

Ndlovu is also expected to be nominated for the Young Player of the Season award and would no doubt be the favourite to claim it.

“He [Ndlovu] has been [a] fantastic player, but it is the team ethics that makes him the player that he is,” says Maboe.

“Without us, he’d not have been the Ndlovu that he, but he’s a great player and I’m not taking anything away from him.

“I think he deserves to be a nominee for the PSL Player of the Season, he’s done very well this season. He’s really been phenomenal and he’s capable of taking it.”

Maboe, meanwhile, says they are prepared for their Nedbank Cup semi-final against Mamelodi Sundowns at Harry Gwala Stadium this afternoon.

They’ll be determined to join Free State Stars in the final. Ea Lla Koto beat Kaizer Chiefs 2-0 at Moses Mabhida Stadium last night.

Maboe has given credit to coach Fadlu Davids for keeping their feet firmly on the ground, despite the attention they are getting for the fantastic season they are having.

“We are humble and we don’t want to get carried away,” he says.

“The coach is doing a good job in keeping us humble.”

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