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NWU's Silent Assassin

His teammates may be taking most of the limelight this season, but much of NWU's success is down to the influence of playmaker Sandile Mbatha.
 
With striker Tshenolo Machwisa at the top of the goalscorers list and dribbling wizard Orebotse 'Bobo' Mongae the name on the fans' lips this season, Mbatha has perhaps not got the credit he deserves for NWU's unbeaten run this year.
 
However, the humble midfielder is not worried about awards and recognition as much as doing what he does best - creating scoring opportunities for his teammates.
 
"For me it is not about winning man of the match or anything like that, I am happy contributing to the team. As a playmaker it is up to mee to dictate the pace of the game and create scoring opportunities.
 
"We have many different qualities within the team with many skilful players. We have been improving each game this season and we want to become even more efficient," he said.
 
Mbatha was part of the NWU side that got knocked out by UP-Tuks in the semifinals last year, which is something he is determined to put right this season.
 
"We are focused and we know what is at stake, last year we didn't convert our chances against Tuks so it is up to me to create more scoring opportunities," he said.
 
NWU next face log-leaders UJ in a mouth-watering clash in Mafikeng on Monday, and Mbatha can't wait to get play in front of their loyal home crowd once again.
 
"UJ haven't lost a game yet like us so it will be very tough. We need to be prepared mentally and physically and stick to our style so that we can impose it on them.
 
"We have nine out of nine points at home this season so we will be going all-out to ensure we can keep the momentum going," he said.
 
Although Mbatha dreams of playing professionally one day, his focus for now is squarely on getting the job done against Uj next week.
 
"Each player would like to play professionally one day and hopefully good things will follow for me but I cannot think about any of that right now - it is all about the team going all the way this season," he said.
 

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