Duo join Mkhize and Putsche as only players to have reached milestone
City hope to give centurions Nodada, Fielies a party with Pirates win
After Thabo Nodada and Taariq Fielies etched their names into the club's history books by amassing 100 appearances each in their previous game against AmaZulu, Cape Town City aim to escalate their celebrations for the pair's milestone by beating Orlando Pirates tomorrow (Danie Craven Stadium, 3.30pm).
Nodada and Fielies simultaneously hit centuries for City in their 1-1 draw away to AmaZulu last Saturday.
City didn’t hand over the 100th cap mementos to Nodada and Fielies against Usuthu, waiting to commemorate the occasion in a home DStv Premiership game, which happens to be against the unbeaten Buccaneers tomorrow.
City skipper Thamsanqa Mkhize has laid bare their intention to celebrate the achievements of Nodada and Fielies against the Soweto giants. Nodada and Fielies join Mkhize and Roland Putsche as City’s only centurions.
“It will always be special to celebrate against Pirates, especially since we will be playing at home. We are extra motivated to go all out to make sure that Thabo and Taariq feel special. We really want to win to mark this special moment,’’ said Mkhize.
The 25-year-old Nodada has been with the Cape side since their establishment in 2016.
The lad from Ixopo in KwaZulu-Natal sounded proud of what he’s achieved en route to earning his 100th appearance, thanking City chair John Comitis for giving him the chance to play for his club.
“To be 25 and to have played 100 games in the PSL is unusual. In that, to be in the Bafana set-up, to have won two trophies, to have played in three finals, to have finished [in the] top six in every one of the seasons I have played, is amazing. I am really grateful to the chairman for the platform,’’ said Nodada.
Local lad Fielies, 28, also thanked Comitis for the opportunity. The City defender yearns for another 100 games in the club’s shirt. “I thank the chairman for the opportunity. Hopefully I play another 100 games for this amazing team,’’ said Fielies.
Fixtures (all 3.30pm unless stated)
Tomorrow: Arrows v Swallows, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium; CPT City v Pirates, Danie Craven Stadium; TTM v AmaZulu, Thohoyandou (6pm); Maritzburg v Sundowns, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium (8.15pm)
Sunday: Galaxy v Stellenbosch, Mbombela Stadium; Baroka v Chippa, Peter Mokaba Stadium