Lyle Lakay has revealed how his first conversation with coach Pitso Mosimane swayed his decision to join Mamelodi Sundowns from Cape Town City two years ago.
In a short period of time in the colours of Sundowns, Lakay has already won two Premiership titles, the Telkom Knockout and the Nedbank Cup.
The 29-year-old has gone on to make 76 appearances across all competitions while scoring four goals and providing eight assists in the process.
It was Mosimane’s words that made all the difference with Lakay remembering the conversation vividly before putting pen to paper with the Tshwane giants.
“It was a Saturday night, we had a family gathering and then I just got a call from my agent to say, ‘Coach Pitso says he wants to speak to you. He’s going to call, and we spoke’,” recalls Lakay.
“He [Mosimane] told me he wants me, but he wants me to play left-back, he asked me if I have a problem. I said, no, I don’t have a problem and then he asked if I am comfortable and I said I’m comfortable.
Lakay, converted from a winger to a left-back by Mosimane said that his main goal was to break into the Sundowns starting XI regardless of the position he plays in.
It turned out to be a masterstroke by the Downs mentor as the Cape Town-born versatile player excelled in his new role and is still able to push further up the pitch using his quickness and sharpness to make overlapping runs.
“I also knew because we all know Sundowns, I think every player in the PSL wants to play for Sundowns because of the success of the team.”
The former CT City and SuperSport player went on to state that the main aspect of his game that has improved since joining the Brazilians is his mentality, which has turned him into a better player.
“I still have a lot to learn when it comes to it, but I feel for me mentally, this has made me stronger. At the end of the day, I would say the main thing that has improved in me is my mentality,” said the Cape Town-born versatile player.
“It’s made me a better player. If you look at it now compared to before, I’ve improved a lot,” concluded Lakay.
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