After signing a five-year contract and making a few appearances for the first team, one of Mamelodi Sundowns’ youngsters has reflected on his breakthrough year.
Promise Mkhuma was promoted to the senior side from development nearly 12 months ago now, and in that time has been part of a treble-winning team.
“I would say getting minutes and winning the silverware with the team was a blessing and really exciting because honestly, I didn’t think things would happen so quickly. And also putting in hard work throughout the sessions led me to get those minutes and I was happy to see myself winning the trophies in my first season,” he said on the club’s official website.
Mkhuma, 20, is competing with experienced players at Chloorkop and has been taking notes on how to be a successful footballer.
“When it comes to the senior players it always has to start with respect and knowing when to play and when to work. In the beginning it was not easy for me to be around the senior players but as time went on I started asking for guidance on and off the field,” he reflected.
“They are not just senior players but my older brothers and I would say I feel comfortable around them most especially on the field.”
The attacker featured in Downs’ final DStv Premiership clash of the year when they played to a 1-1 draw away to Golden Arrows, and he will be hoping to again make the cut when the season resumes on Saturday.
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