Cape Town City’s two most capped players – Thami Mkhize and Thabo Nodada – are looking forward to welcoming Mamelodi Sundowns on Christmas Eve, a game that will also celebrate Nodada’s 200th appearance for the club.
City host DStv Premiership log leaders Sundowns at the DHL Stadium on Sunday afternoon, their penultimate game of the year. City finishes off 2023 on the 31st of December, when they will face Cape Town Spurs in a derby at the same venue.
Mkhize, the first City player to reach the 200 mark, said it is set to be a great occasion, as City aim at ending Sundowns’ perfect start to the league season.
This week the pair spoke exclusively to iDiski Times’ journalists Rob Delport and Sinethemba Makonco about the game.
“Most definitely, for me, I would say we will be celebrating a lot of things because I’m sure you’re well aware that we also going to be celebrating Thabo for reaching his 200th game,” Mkhize told iDiski Times.
“So, for us, I was talking to Thabo, I’m saying to Thabo most of the time, for the seven years that we’ve been here in Cape Town, our last games of the first round, we normally finish them away from home.
“So this time, we’ve got an opportunity to play in front of our supporters. And the club has been doing well. And we’ve been sitting in a respectable position.
“So for us, I feel it’s more important that, especially for these two games, we go all out and make sure that we collect maximum points at home. And we apply ourselves so that we can be able to win these games.”
Nodada concurs and said it’s going to be a great occasion to play his 200th against the team he describes as the best in Africa.
“Which better opponent is there?” Nodada said to iDiski Times.
“Look, no matter which way you look at it, they’re the best team in Africa because they recently won the AFL. They won the league, how many six?
“So it’s the pressure. I’m not gonna say we’re going in to lose, but if that’s the result, then ‘Oh, well, it’s what is expected’.
“I think it’s great that it happens as we come out of a loss out of Stellenbosch, we’ve got redeeming to do. Also for the fact that this is probably a game that’s the balance of the quarter.
“Then it’s them being AFL champions, then it’s it being my 200th. Then it’s that being Christmas Eve, there’s quite a lot to it, there’s quite a lot to it.
“So it’s really exciting to get the chance to do that on such a momentous day. Let them come!”