Tendai Ndoro jokingly said he would love to win the MTN8 title with Highlands Park so that he and his teammates can have “extra cash” to enjoy during the festive season.
The MTN8 prize money is a staggering R8-million.
His true sentiments, however, as the Lions of the North prepare to take on SuperSport United in the MTN8 final this Saturday at Orlando Stadium are that the young players at the club must win the title to get a taste of how it feels is like to win silverware in the top flight.
Ndoro singled out attacker Siphiwe Mahlangu – who has been an ever-present figure for the Lions of the North this season – as someone who the club has to win the trophy for as he has been consistent since last season.
“This game is really important to Highlands Park, it is our first final in many years. The youngsters have proven that they can do well and I hope that the gods of football can smile for them so they can win their first top flight silverware with the club. We really want the youngsters to know how it feels like to win something with the club and to have extra cash for December,” said Ndoro.
“Imagine from playing in the NFD and going to play in the MTN8 final, it is something great for the youngsters, especially for players like Siphiwe Mahlangu, he has been outstanding from last season. He has proven himself in the top flight and I hope that the national teams are watching him because he is a special boy. He is learning and he is humble and not big headed although he is playing ahead of senior players like Reneilwe Letsholonyane, he is still humble. I wish the team can do it for him. What I want is for him to have this trophy… he has been outstanding for me.”
Ndoro added: “I have played about seven finals and I lost four finals with Orlando Pirates. It hurts to lose and seeing other guys win and celebrate with their families and we are just watching them and folding our hands. It is painful and it is not a good feeling. The youngsters must know how it is to win in such a big event.”