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Mdantsane – I Want To Score Goals

Mduduzi Mdantsane continues to shine for Cape Town City this season, having scored his ninth goal of the season this past weekend.

The former Baroka captain, who played Diski Challenge football for Kaizer Chiefs, has been one of the stand out players in the DStv Premiership this season.

City head off to the Eastern Cape for a few days where they will play Chippa United in back-to-back matches.

First they will take on the Chilli Boys in the Nedbank Cup in Port Elizabeth, before traveling to East London to face them in the league.

iDiski Times spoke to Mdantsane a few weeks ago about his form this season, and how he is enjoying the free role coach Jan Olde Riekerink has allowed him to play.

“To be honest, yeah, man, I think I’ve found my momentum right now,” Mdantsane told Rob Delport in the last edition of iDiski Times.

“With the help of my teammates, obviously, they keep pushing me every day, and the style of play in Cape Town City. It’s easy for me to adapt, you know, because that’s the kind of play that I enjoy mostly in my career, in my football career.”

“So yeah, I find it very easy for me. And, yeah, the support of my coach as well. So they keep pushing me and, you know, when given a free role, you do your thing, you don’t need to be pushed, you know. So I’ve been given that free role. And it’s my responsibility to show what I can do and to help the team to contribute in a way, so my teammates and my coach, they keep pushing me.”

And have we seen the best of Mdantsane yet?

“Not really, you know, as a footballer, you you’re only as good as your last game. And there’s always room for improvement. So I feel like
there’s a lot of things I can do. And I just need to keep focus, keep pushing, keep working hard and yeah, I’m not there yet, but I feel like I’m getting there.”

With the form Mdantsane has been in, he must be on the radar of Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki, but the player, who would love to play for his country, says those things aren’t in his hands.

“It would mean a lot. I can’t just play football and not dream of representing my country, you know? I feel like every footballer’s dream is to play for Bafana, Bafana, to represent his own country. So I’m also one of those players who wants to represent his country, you know, but when the time is right, I’m definitely gonna, If I’m given an opportunity, I’m definitely gonna grab it.”

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“But right now my focus is to play and make sure that I keep the momentum going, keep my focus in the game, help the team where necessary and play my part. You know. Yeah, so I’ll be grateful to get the opportunity. We’ll leave that to Coach Ntseki if that’s what he wants. My focus is, like I said, I need to, I want to score goals.”

“When I’m given a chance to play, I need to contribute to the team, I need to help the team. Now when the chance comes, I have to score goals. My focus is not competing with other people. You know, my focus right now is competing with myself – my previous game. What is it that I can do to be better than the game I played last?”

For more from the Mdantsane interview, get a copy of Edition 7 of iDiski Times.

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.