For being a goalkeeper who had to stay in Cape Town for a short time as a stopgap while their main man was recovering, Hugo Marques did so well that he was named goalkeeper of the season at the PSL’s year-end awards.
The Angolan goalkeeper arrived at City close to the start of the season after Darren Keet was injured and they needed someone on a temporary basis. But even when Keet recovered, Marques moved him out of his position.
The lanky 36-year-old was influential in City by managing to finish second in the DStv Premiership, the highest the team has ever finished since its inception.
“It is a great honor for me to place my name among the great goalkeepers in South African football,” says Marques of his award. “I hope to be there again next season because I will work hard and try to do better.”
It is likely that Marques will still be with City next season as the club has already tied him up with an improved one-year contract. This means that he will be part of the Citizens when they embark on their first Caf Champions League campaign next season.
“It’s time to go and conquer Africa,” he adds. SuperSport United’s Marques and Luke Fleurs were the only winners who didn’t come from Mamelodi Sundowns, preventing Chloorkop’s team from making a clean sweep.
Marques made his Citizens debut a few days after joining the team in MTN8 where he showed his experience helping the team to the final where they lost to the Sundowns.
He kept a 15 clean sheet in DStv Premiership which means he has conceded no goals in half of the games played by the Cape team. And with Keet expected to be fully fit by the start of next season, City manager Eric Tinkler will have a headache when he picks his number. 1.
Keet is also a decent goalkeeper and also boasts a lot of experience having played overseas for a while. He also played for the senior national team and previously worked with Tinkler while both were at Bidvest Wits.