Sphelele Mkhulise insists that his idols have not become his rivals at the club despite his rise to prominence at Mamelodi Sundowns.
The Sundowns midfielder has been a key figure for Sundowns this season with coach Pitso Mosimane showing faith in him.
Mkhulise has played 20 games so far for the Brazilians in all competitions including in Africa’s biggest club tournament, the CAF Champions League.
With his unexpected rise at Chloorkop, the 23-year-old has found himself competing for a starting place with players he claims that he grew up admiring, the likes of Themba Zwane and Sibusiso Vilakazi.
However, Mkhulise maintains that he still looks up to them.
“My idols have not become my rivals, for me these guys will always be my idols because I always look up to them. I always learn from them and I am always keen to learn a lot from them as they have been part of the club for a very long time,” stated Mkhulise.
“So I will always look up to them and I will never compete with them as they are the best players in the league so I’ll always learn from them so I can also become a better version of myself so I can improve and they always support me all the time,” added the former Black Leopards player.
Mkhulise made a name for himself while playing in the Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) for the Sundowns reserve team before moving out on loan to Richards Bay in the GladAfrica Championship and Black Leopards to get some experience and much needed game time.
By Ntobeko Mbambo