Liberato Cacace has enjoyed a fantastic couple of years in his young professional life, leading to many accolades and awards in appreciation of his talent and potential in football.
Affectionately known as Libby by his teammates, he has progressed through the Wellington Phoenix Academy alongside Sarpreet Singh who has also made the jump up to the first team.
Cacace went on to perform in the U-17 World Cup for his country, making his debut in a 1-1 draw with Turkey. His fine performances led to a call up to the All Whites squad for the Intercontinental Cup in June 2018, debuting in a 1-0 win against Chinese Taipei.
Since then the young full back has gone from strength to strength earning himself a starting berth in the Wellington Phoenix side under Head Coach Mark Rudan.
Cacace’s recent accomplishments haven’t gone unnoticed as he was awarded title of College Sport Wellington’s Sportspersons of the Year representing St Patrick’s College.
He has now been nominated for the Wellingtonian of the Year Award, part of the annual event that recognises Wellingtonians across nine different categories. The event will be held at Wellington’s Te Papa Musuem on Thursday December 6.
Cacace was excited by the prospect of being nominated.
‘‘It’s a very proud moment for me.
‘‘It has been a rollercoaster of a ride so far and one I don’t want to get off.
‘‘If I keep working hard I know I can make my family and this city proud’’.
Cacace could start in the upcoming Hyundai A-League Round Seven fixture against Sydney FC as Mark Rudan’s men look to keep up their momentum this season.