Mamelodi Sundowns’ newly-promoted midfielder Musawenkosi Mdhluli reveals that life hasn’t been smooth due to the new adaptations in the senior team.
Mdhuli was promoted to the first team in December 2020 together with his academy graduate Siphesihle Mkhize from Masandawana reserve side on a five-year deal.
“Life hasn’t been smooth, mainly because of all the new adaptations and being in the new environment but it has been an interesting journey so far. I appreciate the opportunity that has been given to me,” he told the club’s website.
The 21-year-old has featured in the matchday squad on a few occasions, but he’s yet to make his official debut for the Brazilians. He played in the DStv Diski Challenge (DDC) as an attacking midfielder and has been an instrumental member of the side.
“The difference between reserve team football and senior team is mainly the tempo because now you’re surrounded with players who are more talented and have more qualities than you and who are quicker, faster and stronger, so the -tempo and the intensity will change. Those are the main differences between the two,” adds the youngster.
“What I’m working hard on now is to try to get to the level of their tempo and intensity and try to understand how the team plays and what’s required for me to be amongst the best.”
The Tembisa-born footballer is hoping to make his debut for Bafana Ba Style soon and emphasised that he’s not intimidated by the senior players.
“No, I don’t feel intimidated by them but as a young boy, you’re bound to be starstruck in the beginning but once you get used to training and travelling with the players you realise that they’re human too. It feels good to be around them because you get to learn from them and some share with you how they got to the level that they’re at. So it’s truly a blessing to be around them,” says the midfield dynamo.
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By Mauwane Raophala