Mamelodi Sundowns recently promoted South Africa youth international Thendo Mukumela to thier senior ranks, and the 19-year-old is determined to break into the first team this season.
The centre-back who is currently in camp with the South Africa U20 national team has found game time in Pitso Mosimane’s sides hard to come by since being brought into the equation at the start of the season with several defenders believed to be ahead of him on the pecking order. But despite the challenges which the youngster faces at Chloorkop, he is adamant that his time will come.
"I am adamant that I will make my senior debut this season," he told The Sowetan.
"Once I get that opportunity, I will make sure that I grab it with both hands,” he added.
Mukumela also mentions that Sundowns coach Mosimane has been speaking to him regulary and shared some of the coach’s advice.
"I am listening to coach Pitso Mosimane every time he talks to me. He told me that I should wait for my opportunity... it will eventually come," he said.
Although, the likes of Wayne Arendse, Motjeka Madisha are seen as the reason Mukumela is yet to make his Premier Soccer League (PSL) debut, Mukumela admits he doesn’t see them as competition but rather as mentors.
"I do not take them as competition; they're helping me to settle in the first team," he concluded.