Cape Town - Prince Nxumalo cut an emotional figure after receiving the Absa Premiership Player of the Month award at the Premier Soccer League's headquarters in Parktown.
The award was to honour the 25-year-old for a stellar showing in August, where he scored three goals in three matches to help take Ajax Cape Town to second in the Premiership standings.
But the month ended on a sour note for Nxumalo, with a near-death experience when he suffered multiple epileptic attacks on August 30.
He came close to tears when he was asked how he has recovered from the episode, which took place just hours before Ajax were to take on Bidvest Wits in the second leg of their MTN8 semi-final, a game the Urban Warriors won to reach this month's final.
"This award means a lot for me because of what I went through and the fact that I didn't play that much at SuperSport United," Nxumalo said.
"So for me to join Ajax, get regular game time and win this award in the first month of the season means a lot. Ajax have shown that they believe in me which is why I have started so well.
"The award is motivation for me to keep working harder and improve my game. This award has boosted my confidence. It's a sign that the work that I am doing is being acknowledged
"I had lots of support from my family when I wasn't playing at SuperSport. I am grateful for that. I would also like to thank coach Rocardo Katza from SuperSport. He kept me motivated when I was down, always insisting that I will get my chance."
Nxumalo has started training with the Urban Warriors after spending two nights in hospital.