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Lyle Lakay confident he will play regularly at Mamelodi Sundowns

6:06 pm AEST 20/7/18
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The 26-year-old left footed winger insists that he will fight for a place in Mosimane’s team following his move from Cape Town City

Having completed his move to Mamelodi Sundowns, midfielder Lyle Lakay says he won’t be a bench warmer at Chloorkop.

The former Cape Town City player says he joined the Brazilians to challenge for a spot in coach Pitso Mosimae’s starting XI.

With the reigning Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions having Aubrey Ngoma, George Lebese and the likes of Tebogo Langerman and Siyabonga Zulu on the left hand side of the pitch, Lakay says he is experienced enough to find a place in the team.

Despite talk that he was on his way to Bidvest Wits, Lakay's future was confirmed by Sundowns this week as the player signed a three-year deal.

Goal reported on Sunday that the former Bloemfontein Celtic player had signed with the former African champions before the club confirmed the news.

With Ngoma and Lebese still adjusting to Sundowns’ style of play and yet to cement their places in the starting eleven, Lakay says he is ready to face the challenge and impress the coach.

“I’m happy to be back in Pretoria where I made my debut. I’m excited to join a club of Sundowns' calibre. I’m really looking forward to the new challenge," Lakay told IOL.

"I’m experienced and more mature now than I was when I was at SuperSport United. Healthy competition always gets the best out of you as a player, and competing with good players at Sundowns will make me a better player," he said.

“I can also operate as a left wing-back. So, I can compete in a number of positions and that’s why I’m confident I will enjoy my time at Sundowns," explained the midfielder.

“When Tebogo joined Sundowns he was a winger, but was converted into a left-wing-back," he continued.

“Thapelo Morena was also a winger when he was at Bloemfontein Celtic, but was converted in to a right wing-back. I can also play as a left-wing-back, but I’m ready to play anywhere I’m required to perform my duties," Lakay said.

Drawing comparisosn to players such as Franklin Cale, Thando Mngomeni and many others who left the Mother City to ply their trade in Gauteng but struggled, Lakay said he is not looking at these players, but will want to fight his own battle.

“Being away from home at a very young age really helped me. I stayed six years in Bloemfontein and I was at SuperSport United Academy for a while and graduated into the senior team,” he explained.

“I’m used to the challenge of playing away from home and that will help me to settle at Sundowns,” concluded the 26-year-old.

Meanwhile, Lakay could make his first appearance in the Sundowns colours on Saturday when they face Kaizer Chiefs in the Shell Helix Cup at FNB Stadium.