Teboha Mokoena was awarded the first DStv Man of the Match award this season as he starred in Mamelodi Sundowns’ 2-0 win over Cape Town City at DHL Stadium in the Mother City.

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McCoena, who is in his first full season at Sundowns – he joined the team in January – was delighted to take to the pitch with his beloved number 4 on his back, gracefully handed to him by his friend and team-mate Grant Kekana, who wore it last season . However, Makoena was happier to mark the start of the season with an individual gong.

“Today (Friday) is a very special day for me,” he told SuperSport TV after the game.

“Today is my late grandfather’s birthday and I dedicate this award to him and I hope he watches over me,” he added.

“It’s very difficult to play at home in Cape Town City. I have to give credit to the men and the technical team. We worked really hard as a team and tried to create as many chances as possible and we managed to convert the chances. We set the tone for the season and will take it further,” he added.

His team-mate Ronwen Williams, who made his debut following his move to SuperSport United, was happy to start his time at the Downs with a clean sheet as he was given the nod to start ahead of club captain Denis Anyang.

“I’m just happy to finish the first game. There was a big emphasis on a clean slate and we started on a positive note. I am happy that I played my part and had a good game. This is a stepping stone for great things to come for this team,” he told SuperSport TV before going on to paint a picture of Masandawana’s goalkeeping department.

“I have worked with most of them before at my previous club and we are a special unit. We are a team and we push each other, we can only learn from each other because we all have different experiences over the years. We have won many things and now I have to learn from them. We push each other every day, and this blank slate is for all of us,” Williams said.

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