Mbuyiselo Thethani of Free State awarded man of the tournament during the match between North West and Free State at the SAB U21 National Championships being held at the North West University Stadium on the 20 July 2014
Monday Jul 21, 2014. 18:08
Free State forward Mbuyiselo Thethani says he is proud of winning the SAB Under-21 National Championship Player of the Tournament award, although it came as a surprise.
The 18-year-old, who plays his club football for Days FC, scored a hat-trick during Sunday’s
final to help his side secure a 4-2 win over North West, taking his tally for the competition to five goals.
Although he scored one goal less than tournament top goalscorer and Free State teammate, Dylan O’Brien, Thethani was recognised for his overall contribution throughout the tournament.
“I’m very happy for myself and for the team,” Thethani said. “It was our objective to win the tournament and we always believed that we had it in us to walk away with the trophy.
“The coach told us to believe in ourselves and to follow the gameplan and it worked very well for us.”
Regarding his accolade, Thethani thanked his teammates for the support, as well as coach Litre Mokitlane for his guidance.
“I didn’t expect to win the award but I’m really happy with the way I performed and I will cherish it forever,” he said.
“I have to thank my teammates because I could not have done it without them. The coach also helped me a lot; even when I didn’t start some games he explained his plans to me and he always encouraged me to give my best.”
Like his role model Lehlohonolo Majoro, Thethani is hoping to break into top-flight football in the near future and go on to represent South Africa at junior or senior level.
“My dream is to play in the PSL so I will keep working towards that,” he said. “I still have a lot to learn but I’m looking forward to challenging myself. I also hope to see myself wearing national colours in the near future.”