Mamelodi Sundowns Youth Academy star Cassius Mailula reckons that he has learned a lot ever since he joined the Brazilians’ reserve side in 2016.
The 19-year-old was born and bred in Ga-Molepo, a town in the Capricorn District Municipality in Limpopo province.
The Tshwane-based outfit scouted the young midfielder at the Mandela Youth Challenge in Soweto where he won the Golden Boot Award and also the Player of the Tournament accolade.
It goes without saying that the Masandawana youth setup has produced plenty of notable players over the years, talking about the likes of Harold Majadibodu, Nicholas Lukhubeni, Promise Mkhuma, Siphesihle Mkhize, Keletso Makgalwa, Sphelele Mkhulise, Musa Mdhluli and Percy Tau, who is currently living out his dream in the English Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion.
“I have learned a lot since I have been at the club from the first day I came here, I had to get out of my comfort zone as now I was young and had to be away from home and that is very challenging,” said the midfield dynamo.
“At first, it wasn’t easy as I had to adapt to the languages that were spoken around me and at that time I could only communicate in English and later learned the languages.”
After increasingly prolific performances in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge – now known as DStv Diski Challenge – Mailula is flourishing under the tutelage of Surprise Moriri and staking his way up to earn the senior team promotion.
The youngster told Bafana Ba Style’s official website that he has grown as a player, having improved technically and tactically.
However, the enthusiastic midfielder insists that he needs to improve on his scoring ratio and creating more assists for his side.
Mailula also reflected on how Percy Tau’s successful journey in Europe has motivated him as a footballer.
“It is motivating when I see a guy like Percy Tau, who was in the same set-up as me making waves in Europe and playing in the EPL. There are a lot of things that I have learned from him, his focus on his studies, his football and for me to use some of the things he has done, I feel I can emulate him or even do better,” he adds.
“I want to follow in his footsteps, to achieve that I must work hard in the Diski Challenge and earn myself a promotion to the senior team.”
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By Mauwane Raophala