Rising star Mailula dreams of playing alongside Themba Zwane


Mamelodi Sundowns reserve side sensation Cassius Mailula from a small town in Limpopo called Ga-Molepo is full of ambition and he is determined to keep on working hard in order to reach the top.

The Sundowns youngster has revealed that he dreams of playing alongside attacking midfielder Themba Zwane at some point in his career and also compete in Africa’s elite club football competition – the CAF Champions League.

“I joined Mamelodi Sundowns in 2016. When I was 15, I got scouted at a tournament in Soweto called the Nelson Mandela Youth Challenge where I won player of the tournament and was the top goal scorer,” said the 19-year-old midfielder.

“The player I look up to is Themba Zwane. It’s because of his hard work on and off the pitch and he plays in the same position as me.

“He is also one of the players who consistently performs well in PSL week in week out. I pray and wish that one day I can play alongside Themba Zwane,” – Mailula. Picture: Mamelodi Sundowns.

Initially it was former Bafana Bafana star midfielder Teko Modise that inspired Mailula to play as an attacking midfielder.

“I decided to play as an attacking midfielder when I was 10 years old. I got inspired by the way Teko Modise played, I also loved playing as a striker simply because I loved scoring goals and I hated seeing my team lose.

The Limpopo-born player has been a revelation in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC) since joining ‘The Brazilians’ youth development ranks four years ago. Picture: Mamelodi Sundowns.

“I want to win the MDC league so that I can get a promotion to the first team and hopefully one day play in a CAF Champions League tournament and go as far as to win it,” he concluded.

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By Tokelo Marin Mokhesi 

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