Katlego Otladisa ready to impress at Mamelodi Sundowns

Fortune Makaringe, Maritzburg & Katlego Otladisa, Platinum Stars
The 21-year-old is pained to see his former club Dikwena relegated to the National First Division

Mamelodi Sundowns winger Katlego Otladisa says joining the Brazilians from Platinum Stars will not only benefit him, but his community in Rustenburg.

The winger is bound to join his new teammates in Chloorkop later this month after signing for the 2017/18 Premier Soccer League champions in January.

Otladisa revealed that seeing his former club, Dikwena going down to the National First Division (NFD) saddens him, but is looking forward to his new life in Tshwane.

The 21-year-old also vowed to represent his home province of Bokone Bophirima in the North West with distinction as he feels a lot of football talent goes to waste there.

With many players having made their names in the PSL such as Fabian mcCarthy and Thabiso Rammile, there are few in the present moment from the province and Kaizer Chiefs’ Itumeleng Khune (Ventersdorp) and Bokang Tlhone (Mafikeng) who play for Maritzburg United are some worth mentioning. 

With his move to the 2016 African champions, the man also known as ‘Doks’ says he wants inspire many youngsters from the platinum producing province to take their football career seriously.

"There is a lot of talent in the province but not many players are getting the opportunity to showcase their talent," Otladisa told the SowetanLive.

"Players even struggled to get in at Dikwena, so it's tough. I have played with players who I thought could make it at a high level but they could not,” he said.

“Going to Sundowns is not just about myself, it is also for my community, to show that it is possible,” he expressed.

"Things are different at Sundowns in terms of the professionalism. After every game each player must submit a match analysis to the technical team,” said the attacker.

"There are a lot of new things I will have to learn but I am looking forward to it,” hr continued.

Although, he is yet to return to action after sustaining a broken leg six months ago, the South African junior international said he speaks to coach Pitso Mosimane on a daily basis.

"I communicate with the coach almost every day. He checks up on me a lot and motivates me," revealed Otladisa.

With the former Telkom Knockout and MTN8 Cup winners having wasted an opportunity to save their PSL status, Otladisa revealed his heartbreak.

Roger De Sa’s men finished as number 16 on the log table last season, but qualified for PSL/NFD play-offs after Ajax Cape Town were docked points, yet they failed to win a single match.

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They lost to eventual play-offs winners Black Leopards, and drew at home to Lidoda Duvha and Jomo Cosmos before suffering a defeat to Ezenkosi in their last match.

"It was tough watching from the sidelines as my home club got relegated," he concluded.