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Downs Promote Two Young Stars

Mamelodi Sundowns Have Promoted Players From Development Team

By Soccer Laduma - Aug 30, 2017 05:23 PM

Mamelodi Sundowns have promoted two players from their development team to the senior team.

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The two players have been impressive for the club in their MultiChoice Diski Challenge team. The two players are Thendo Mukumela and Keletso Makgalwa.

They have both been rewarded with first team contracts with a view of keeping them with Pitso Mosimane's team for the 2017/18 season and going forward. 

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Makgalwa was the MDC's Player of the Season for the 2016/17 campaign. Both players have made progress with South Africa's junior national teams during their careers. The players' promotion was also confirmed by Shawn Bishop, who is the Head of Youth at Sundowns, on his official Twitter account. 

 

 

   


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frankisto Joined: 13 Jul 2015
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frankisto Aug 31, 2017 09:22 AM
Let's hope the Cowich will give you the chance boys
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CCL CHAMPS+SUPER CUP Aug 31, 2017 08:57 AM
This shows that there is something good done by our development team,keep up the good work of producing if more Percy Taus,Motjeka Madishas
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Mashia1950 Aug 31, 2017 08:30 AM
That's good' sir Pitso still needs to monitor eric ntlaba(left wing) thabang sibanyoni( Striker) and flavio bento(attacking midlefilder). Khumalo should be loaned to Pirates hes go too much competition i don't see him starting ahead of Kekana' Mohomi and Mabunda.
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indidane Aug 31, 2017 08:25 AM
Amajita hammered by Brazil Posted: 31 August 2017 Time: 07:14 am The South Africa U-20 team were thumped 4-0 by Brazil in a friendly at Saint George's Park in England on Wednesday night. This was the first of two matches of a tri-nations tournament that also involves the host nation. After a decent first half in which they held their own against their much-fancied opponents, Amajita fell apart in the second stanza. Brazil made several changes in the opening half, while stand-in Amajita head coach Helman Mkhalele made four changes in the 59th minute. He brought on Leo Thethani, Dylan Stoffels, Lyle Foster and Keegan Allan for Tashreeq Matthews, Duncan Adonis, Tyrique Bartlett and Luke Le Roux respectively. The move did not pay off as the team lost shape – conceding their first goal three minutes later through Vitinho. The striker grabbed his second of the night in the 66th minute to increase his side’s lead. In an attempt to try and pull one back, the South Africans were caught napping at the back, and Rodrigo Nestor netted Brazil’s third in the 69th minute. Foster came close to reducing the deficit a short while later after he beat the opposition defence with some skillful play, but his curler went wide. Brazil’s second-half substitute Brenner could have easily made it 4-0 when he managed to beat the offside trap but was in a hurry to take a shot with the goalkeeper at this mercy, and he fired off target. The fourth goal came, however, in the 89th minute through Yuri Alberto. Prior to the goal, South Africa made their fifth substitution, replacing an injured Dean Solomons with Sibusiso Shabane. Amajita next face England on Monday before returning home on Wednesday morning. The match takes place at Harrison Park Stadium in Leek. Kick-off is at 19h00.
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Reggie o yellow Aug 31, 2017 07:43 AM
congratulations to the 2 young musketeers big up to Pitso Mosimane for using the academy
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indidane Aug 31, 2017 06:55 AM
The pair from Limpopo, Keletso Makgalwa and Thendo Mukumela, have represented South Africa at junior level. They’ve already started training with the first team of the African champions. Mukumela was handed jersey No. 34 and Makgalwa will don No. 35. Makgalwa (20), from Mokopane, joins the first team after a brilliant season with the MultiChoice Diski Challenge side that he inspired to winning the trophy that had eluded the Brazilians. For his efforts, Makgalwa walked away with the tournament’s Player of the Season award. “I am happy that I have been promoted to the first team because supporters used to call me almost every day and send me messages, asking when is coach Pitso Mosimane promoting you to the first team,” Makgalwa said. “Those people are looking forward to seeing me in the first team. This season will be about learning for me. But if I get a chance I will grab it with both hands.” The confident midfielder – with a brilliant first touch, speed and skills to take on defenders – is excited to be learning from some of the best players in the country. “It’s a huge motivation to play alongside players like Khama Billiat, George Lebese, Percy Tau, Oupa Manyisa and others. I want to be at their level too one day which is why I am prepared to work hard,” Makgalwa said. Mukumela (19) joins the first team with two World Cup appearances under his belt, with the national Under-17 team in Chile and national Under-20 team in South Korea. He also represented the senior national team in the African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifiers and the Cosafa Cup. “Playing for the first team is a dream come true,” Mukumela said. “I am excited about this opportunity. Everything has been good. The tempo is high. Obviously graduating to the first team is a huge leap but I am prepared to work hard to settle into the team. I am ready to be in the starting line-up and I am ready to show the world what is it that I can do.” The lanky defender who stands at almost 2m is versatile, able to play in central midfield, centreback, rightback and even has a knack for scoring goals. “I have played in various positions from a young age,” Mukumela said. “Surprisingly, I do well in almost all of them. I can play at rightback. When I joined the national Under-17 team I played in central midfield and they converted me to centreback. When I arrived at Sundowns in 2015, I started out as a striker. We went to Kay Motsepe Cup and I scored 11 goals in six games. I am waiting for the coach to tell me where he wants me to play and I will master that position.” These two youngsters will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Percy Tau and Motjeka Madisha who went from playing for the reserve team to winning the CAF Champions League.
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indidane Aug 31, 2017 06:50 AM
Mamelodi Sundowns legend Surprise Moriri is settling well into his coaching job at the club, thanks to the guidance he is getting from the coaches around him at Chloorkop. Moriri, who retired after playing for now relegated Highlands Park last season, is an assistant coach in the Sundowns Multichoice Diski Challenge side, working with David Notoane and Shawn Bishop. Moriri also spends some time watching Pitso Mosimane's first team training sessions and says he asks questions so that he keeps on learning. "I am settling in well. It's a transition that was not easy, but with the help of the coaches I am settling in and I am happy so far. I could not be anywhere else than Sundowns. I feel at home and I am getting the support I need,” Moriri tells INDIDANE. “I am working with David and Shawn and we are working well together. Even the coaches from the first team have welcomed me very well. Even when the first team is training, I check their training sessions. If there is something I don’t understand or I need clarity on something, they are here and I can always ask immediately.” Moriri has a CAF B coaching license and says he is looking forward to boosting his qualifications in future. “I decided to attend the courses because you can't say because you played the game you automatically can coach. So you need guidelines, which is why I attended courses and they have been really helpful. "I have wanted to give back and help young players realise their dreams of playing football professionally. I also want to establish myself as one of the best coaches, so I don’t take it lightly. I know it won’t come easy. I can see how hard coach Pitso and Manqoba [Mngqithi] have worked, so I need to put in the hours. I am planning to learn more.”
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THE NK Aug 31, 2017 06:34 AM
Wow nice for Downs.
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The Great Sky Aug 31, 2017 06:28 AM
Goodluck boys.
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Lethabonolo Aug 31, 2017 06:21 AM
@go khosi go,honestly that won't be bad even if they start at the bench especially Makumela considering the experience at Sundowns has at their disposal. Personally I think just being promoted shows there is something good about the duo.
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sipho mapoulo 21@gmail com Aug 31, 2017 05:35 AM
good short
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Sam-4-Downz Aug 31, 2017 05:32 AM
We're happy for the boys, wish they can get a CCL medal this year.
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LeCowhlohlo Aug 31, 2017 05:13 AM
Ok
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thasbu@143 Aug 31, 2017 02:58 AM
Well done Pitso et al, please do not loan them out like Chiefs did, at least until we see them in-action.
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JingleBells Mosimane Aug 31, 2017 01:41 AM
That's really good for KBY very very good
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musa005 Aug 30, 2017 11:27 PM
All the best boys
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dawana1988 Aug 30, 2017 10:41 PM
Finally my account is back I hate these cowditors frm this soccerlieduma maarn!
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yuri10 Aug 30, 2017 10:38 PM
Thendo deserves it congrats homeboy
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Triggermental Aug 30, 2017 10:23 PM
When you register in sundowns team, your starting salary is 50k
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indidane Aug 30, 2017 10:15 PM
Mamelodi Sundowns legend Surprise Moriri is settling well into his coaching job at the club, thanks to the guidance he is getting from the coaches around him at Chloorkop. Moriri, who retired after playing for now relegated Highlands Park last season, is an assistant coach in the Sundowns Multichoice Diski Challenge side, working with David Notoane and Shawn Bishop. Moriri also spends some time watching Pitso Mosimane's first team training sessions and says he asks questions so that he keeps on learning. "I am settling in well. It's a transition that was not easy, but with the help of the coaches I am settling in and I am happy so far. I could not be anywhere else than Sundowns. I feel at home and I am getting the support I need,” Moriri tells INDIDANE. “I am working with David and Shawn and we are working well together. Even the coaches from the first team have welcomed me very well. Even when the first team is training, I check their training sessions. If there is something I don’t understand or I need clarity on something, they are here and I can always ask immediately.” Moriri has a CAF B coaching license and says he is looking forward to boosting his qualifications in future. “I decided to attend the courses because you can't say because you played the game you automatically can coach. So you need guidelines, which is why I attended courses and they have been really helpful. "I have wanted to give back and help young players realise their dreams of playing football professionally. I also want to establish myself as one of the best coaches, so I don’t take it lightly. I know it won’t come easy. I can see how hard coach Pitso and Manqoba [Mngqithi] have worked, so I need to put in the hours. I am planning to learn more.”

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