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Mntambo Left Overwhelmed After Latest Honour

Sekhukhune United captain Linda Mntambo has expressed appreciation for winning the DStv Premiership Player of the Month after recovering from a career-threatening injury.

Mnatmbo, 34, returned to the pitch after the Africa Cup of Nations break after mover 15 months out injured and has been in sublime form.

His three goals and two assists in his first five games during February and March has earned him the monthly award, while head coach Lehlohonolo Seema scooped the Coach of the Month for five wins from five games during that period.

“I’m just overwhelmed with excitement, I’m proud of the achievement, the accolade that I’ve just received and for the hard work I’ve put in behind the scenes,” Mnatambo said.

“I’ve worked very hard behind the scenes with the medical team to get back to full fitness, to make sure I come back and contribute to the team’s success. I’m really happy to be where I am today, thanks to the coaches and players, I wouldn’t be here without them.

“For the amount of work we’ve been putting in as a team, it hasn’t been easy, we’ve been grinding out results and this [award] is testimony of this, if we pull in one direction and stay together as a team, we are to achieve success.”

Sekhukhune, who secured a place in the CAF Confederation Cup for reaching the Nedbank Cup final last season and now in contention for CAF inter-club qualification again as they sit fourth in the league, two points behind Orlando Pirates, with a game in hand.

Mntambo who’s been central to their impressive run went on to give thanks to everyone involved in his renaissance when it appeared he may have to call it quits at his age because of the severity of the knee injury.

“So for this, I would like to say Kea Leboga, Kea Leboga, just to everyone that has contributed to my recovery, to me coming back after a long lay off, it’s Nyiabonga, I would not end this without saying this just belongs to… Glory the most high for his grace and favour over my life,” he continued.

“There were times I felt I could not do it anymore but God’s grace and favour was there to say I can – and there’s a verse I go about Romans 8 vs 28; that verse says that all things work for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose.

“So God knew that injury was part of all the success that is coming, it was working for my good, so I’m happy to be where I am today and achieving this beautiful accolade with the help of my team and technical team, family, friends, who are my biggest support, structure.

“So yes, this is for them, the fans Babina Noko, the game is incomplete without the fans, they travel long distances, sometimes they sleep on the roads, hike to get to games, so this goes to them also, they support they’ve shown the team throughout. May they also come in numbers, keep supporting us and we’ll forever make them happy.”

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Overall, Mntambo has scored five goals with two assists in seven league games this season for Babina Noko.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.