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I need to make the most of my opportunities, says Sundowns defender Madisha

2:26 PM GMT 24/04/2017
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The rising star has credited the influences of Masandawana's coaching trio for his recent success

Mamelodi Sundowns' recent resurgence in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) has coincided with the rise of youngster, Motjeka Madisha.

The 22-year-old captained Masandawana’s successful MultiChoice Diski Challenge side, before being roped in by the Brazilians coach Pitso Mosimane, following a string of injuries to their more established defensive players.

Madisha has been an integral part of the South African youth setup, having been called up by both the under-20 and under-23 national teams.

“When I thought I was ready‚ I was told I mustn't rush things and getting a national team call up wasn't a sign of me being ready‚" Madisha told The Sowetan.

"I'm happy they've encouraged me to keep pushing. I'm glad they've been there for me and pushing me. It's been an honour to work with coaches like Manqoba Mnqithi‚ Pitso Mosimane and Rhulani Mokoena.

"They've been like fathers to me. They've been telling me to keep pushing because my time will come," he added.

"When my opportunity does arrive‚ I need to make the most of it and making sure that I can prove that I can play,” Madisha stated.

The defender also believes that being part of the national youth team setup has benefited him tremendously.

“Being in the national team has helped me to be patient‚ humble and being able to focus on my job," he indicated.

"The best thing about playing for the national team is that it has firmed me up for the challenges I'm about to face with the club.

"It's also helped me in terms of game management‚” Madisha concluded.