Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Sphelele “Pitso” Mkhulise has opened up about his relationship with coach Pitso Mosimane and says he’s inspired by former Sundowns star, Percy Tau.
The 23-year-old Mkhulise made his name through the Sundowns reserves, but ended up going away on loan to get some game time and gain experience at Black Leopards in the 2016/17 season before joining Richards Bay the following year which he believes was the turning point in his career.
“I think going out on loan helped me a lot as it made me grow as a player and as a person, even Percy Tau was sent away on loan and came back as a better player and became a regular in the first team and right now he’s one of the best players in the country,” said Mkhulise.
“So going away on loan really worked well for me and obviously working really hard and yeah I would like to follow in the footsteps of Percy Tau.”
Mkhulise remains grateful to coach Mosiname who gave him an opportunity and stated that the coach has been a father-figure in the squad.
“Pitso Mosimane is like a father to us because he teaches us everything about football and life in general, he even gives us financial advice amongst other things.”
Mkhulise made just four appearances in the first team last season after returning back from loan, but he’s been one of the key players this season featuring in the CAF Champions League, starting in the Telkom Knockout final against Maritzburg United last week as well as starting all the games in the Absa Premiership in recent weeks.
By Ntobeko Mbambo