Despite fairing not-so impressive while playing for his country, Flames striker Atusaye Nyondo continues shining in South Africa where he stars for Premier Soccer League giants Supersport United aka Matsatsantsa.
His latest achievement is his crowning of being the South Africa’s player of the month award for the month of September.
The youthful Flames international forward has been very instrumental in his new club’s impressive form and has already seen the back of the net four times in the club’s first six games of the 2011/12 season.
For winning the award, Nyondo, who has just joined Supersport United this season from Carara Kicks of the lower division, received R10 000 (about K250 000) and some sets of uniform which are to be donated to any school team of his choice.
According to one of South Africa’s leading soccer magazines, Soccer Laduma, Nyondo won the award alongside Meritzburg United Head Coach, Ian Palmer, who was voted as best club coach of the month. He also received similar prizes.
He told the magazine, he was humbled and delighted to have won the award in his very first month with the club and first appearance in the ABSA premiership.
The former Silver Strikers hitman told Soccer Laduma, he was grateful to his new coach and teammates who he observed have greatly contributed to his success.
“I am really honoured to win this player of the month award. I thank my coach and teammates for helping me settle well at the team and achieve this in my first month with the club. I will continue to work hard and help the team as much as I can,” said the Flames blossoming forward.
Meanwhile, the Flames goal getter who signed a three-year contract with Supersport United has announced that he will donate the sets of uniforms to Katoto Primary School and Chibavi Community Day Secondary Schools both of Mzuzu city.
Nyondo, who has been described by South Africa’s soccer analysts as a gem, started his serious soccer career at Chibavi where he was spotted by capital city giants Silver Striker.
“For me to be where I am today, it was these two schools that shaped me. So I would like to show my appreciation by donating these uniforms for players to be using,” he said.
Added the player: “I am also dedicating the award to my parents for bringing me up. It is not easy to raise a child and to be where I am today to be recognized by society it means some people struggled to raise me and these are my parents.”
In a related development, the Super Sport goal getter has also been chosen for this month Soccer Laduma team of the month for the second consecutive time and after also being elected during the month of September.
While playing in the National First Division League, the Flames international striker also won the league’s Golden Boot award in the 2010/11 season after shining for his Carara Kicks FC.
Carara Kicks bought the player from Silver Strikers in 2009 and immediately made an impact in the South Africa’s National First Division League.
His contract with the Pretoria-based club runs until June 30, 2014 with an option for a further two seasons until 2016 and soccer analysts argue the player certainly has more awards in store for him considering that he is at a prime stage to make it big in footballFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :