A few days after becoming a hero for Bafana Bafana in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers, Mamelodi Sundowns winger Themba Zwane reminded everyone why he is South Africa’s best footballer as he completed a hat-trick in just 11 minutes against AmaZulu in a DStv Premiership clash at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Sunday.
It was a week to remember for the Sundowns star as he also bagged a brace for Bafana in the second leg of the back-to-back 2021 Afcon qualifiers against São Tomé and Príncipe at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Zwane, a man affectionately known as “Mshishi”, was the star of the show against Usuthu, finding the back of the net in the 19th, 21st and 30th minute of the match as his touch of class made the difference.
He becomes the second player this campaign to score a hattrick after Chippa United striker Bienvenu Eva Nga.
The 31-year-old reigning PSL Player of the Year says he wants to continue contributing with more goals and assists in the 2020/21 season.
“I want to score more goals. When I get chances, I want to score. I’m focusing on improving, trying to help the team win games,” said Zwane, who took the match ball home.
“I’m focusing on improving the ‘Mshishi’ of last season, trying to get more goals, more assists, help my team to win trophies.
“Obviously I want to thank my teammates, we did well, as a player I want to score more, create more chances. I want to work for my team,” concluded Zwane.
The Brazilians are top of the DStv Premiership log standings after four matches with 10 points, while newly promoted Swallows sit in second place, two points adrift. Orlando Pirates are third with eight points as well.
The Tshwane giants will return to league action on Saturday evening, 28 November against Stellenbosch at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi
All pictures courtesy of Mamelodi Sundowns