'TK' inspired by his big pay day


Masondo, popularly known as ‘TK’, won the inaugural award, pocketing a R100 000 – by far the biggest ever payment he has received in his career.

“I was confident that we would make progress in this tournament. This was after we lost out on reaching the promotion play-offs and then decided to focus on the tournament and planned well for all teams that we met.

“Though the cup was the only thing on our minds for a long time, I never thought I would get personal recognition. I am taking this award as an inspiration towards achieving greater things next season and will work very hard.

“Winning that award will help change my life. My team mates that said I deserved to be recognized, but I am still pinching myself to make sure that I am not dreaming.

“But I give credit to the coach [Kenny Ndlazi] who has encouraged me to play my normal game and not be afraid of making mistakes,” says Masondo.

The pint-sized midfielder who joined Aces from Barberton City Stars last season says he will use his prize to make a difference in his mother’s life.

“I have never had so much money coming my way. My first thought on getting the money was to help my mother at home in whatever way I can,” he says.

Masondo has been played as a linkman at Aces this season and has proved to be an inspiration playing along experienced players Eddie Dinha and Easu Mtsweni.

Born in the Mpumalanga town of Piet Retief, the 26-year-old is believed to be on the wanted list of two Premiership clubs, Thanda Royal Zulu FC and a Gauteng based club.

Masondo’s teammate Thabang Rooi was named the Most Promising Player of the Tournament.

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