After making his first senior start against SC Braga last Sunday, KZN Academy graduate Sphephelo Sithole has outlined his future goals.
The 21-year-old midfielder played the entire 90 minutes for SAD Belenesnses as they defeated SC Braga 2-1 in the Portuguese Primeira Liga last weekend and his performance was amongst the best in the whole team.
Sithole moved from the KZN Academy two years ago and he has been making progress in the youth ranks of three Lisbon clubs (Sporting Lisbon, Vitoria Setubal and SAD Belenenses).
FARPost caught up with the midfielder who spoke about what it meant to get his first start in the league.
“I must be honest that the Braga game was the hardest game I have ever played as a footballer, those guys literally play at the highest level in Portugal and we had to meet them pound for pound which we did very well,” said Sithole.
“It was my first time starting a game in the team, I have always made the team, but struggled to come off the bench. I had never imagined that I will have to start such a big game.
“There is something they teach you in Europe when it comes to match readiness, for example I had been making the bench since last season, but when I came in, I was able to fit into the whole set-up with senior players and we managed to get the desired result,” he continued.
Sithole has a brother in Bafana Bafana defender Thibang Phete who arrived at the club and made a big impact winning five Man of the Match awards since the start of 2020.
“Cafu is a big brother to me, we spend every day together, he guides me and keeps me grounded through the most troubled times. His arrival was like a blessing because I made my first start with him by my side. I need to work harder to maintain the momentum in the top flight,” he concluded.
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