Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs defender Eric Mathoho has thanked team-mate Tefu Mashamaite for his generosity during the club's end-of-season awards ceremony on Wednesday.
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Amakhosi skipper Mashamaite entered this week's club gala having already scooped the PSL Player of the Season, Players' Player of the Season and Defender of the Season awards on Sunday, pocketing a cool R450 000 on the way.
And, after being called up to accept Chiefs' Player of the Season gong in Midrand, the skipper instead handed the trophy - and R100 000 prize money - to Mathoho's representative, with the defender not present at the awards after undergoing surgery on his toe.
The Soweto giants have since confirmed that early on Thursday morning, Mathoho phoned Mashamaite to thank him for his noble gesture.
Speaking of his decision to hand the honour to his defensive teammate, Mashamaite said on the club's official website: “I just feel lucky to be singled out with all these awards.
"It’s great to get recognition, but Tower has been a great partner in defence and he deserves it.
"We share the same background. We are very close, not only on the field, but also off the field.
"Tower is a humble guy. I just felt the need to share this award with him, as we carried a lot of load together this season."