Following the departure of Percy Tau and Khama Billiat, Mamelodi Sundowns attacker Themba Zwane says he is ready to step up to the plate.
Also known as 'Mshishi', Zwane said he is looking forward to the new 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season as they look to defend their PSL title.
With Tau having left the club to join Brighton & Hove Albion in England and Billiat having moved to Kaizer Chiefs in the current transfer window, the midfielder wants to help the club and fill the void left by the duo.
Speaking exclusively to Goal on Wednesday, the Bafana Bafana international also outlined his ambitions for the season ahead of theiir league opener against face Amakhosi Saturday.
“Our pre-season was good and there is great understanding among us, we have new players who have worked hard to get to know our system and coach's philosophy,” Zwane told Goal on Wednesday.
“All I can say is that everything is going well for us and we are looking forward to defending our league title,” Zwane said.
“We will also have to try to win all the trophies available for us during the season and ensure we remain as champions,” he added.
“I will take the responsibility to lead the team in a positive way you know, I am aware it will not be easy, but I want to step up and help the club,” reacted the 28-year-old.
“Obviously in football, you grow as a player and you will also need to take responsibility in terms of providing ledership in the team,” continued Zwane.
“I am fully aware these are two different players (Tau and Billiat), but I will work hard to ensure we keep scoring and creating chances for the club,” he acknowledged.
“You need to be there whenever the team and the coach (Pitso Mosimane) needs you, I will hep the club and ensure we remain a winning team,” he concluded.
The Brazilians also played a friendly on Wednesday afternoon against PSL returnees Black Leopards at Chloorkop, but the likes of Kennedy Mweene, Andile Jali, Denis Onyango and Oupa Manyisa watched from the sidelines.