Mamelodi Sundowns have become the hub of young talent with coach Pitso Mosimane integrating academy graduates with a team full of experienced players.
One of the graduates is 20-year-old Promise Mkhuma, who has been tipped by Mosimane to become the next big thing after impressing in the Diski Challenge – Sundowns reserve team for a couple of seasons.
Mkhuma also believes he is ready to take the Premiership by storm under the guidance of Mosimane, who promoted the rising star in January as he looks to refresh his squad.
In the Biologically Safe Environment (BSE) in Gauteng where Sundowns clinched the Premiership title on the final day of the season, Mkhuma made five appearances.
“It is a great feeling, I said before I wanted to win the championship with this club, and it is a great start. The gates are opening. I am looking forward to bringing more trophies to the club,” said Mkhuma.
“I’ve been prepared well for the big stage, and I was prepared from the academy, so it shows that the work of the coaches is paying off.”
A number of Sundowns youngsters such as Keletso Makgalwa, Sphelele Mkhulise and Nico Lukhubeni have all seen first-team action during the 2019-20 campaign.
The former Sundowns reserve side captain went on to reveal that he has experienced players at Sundowns who are helping and guiding him.
“The relationship with the senior guys is great, I am with Tiyani Mabunda and Hlompho Kekana most of the time. They are the ones that have guided me during training.
“They tell me how to do the right things and try to fix my mistakes. How to calm myself down,” concluded Mkhuma.
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