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Maema & Mkhulise On Sundowns Stars’ Social Media Posts

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielders Neo Maema and Sphelele Mkhulise say the recent social media posts of their senior teammates are a source of inspiration.

While the build-up to the Nedbank Cup final was slightly dimmed by the social media storm of Thembinkosi Lorch and his live video, which Rulani Mokwena addressed recently, the veteran and serial winners of the squad were undoubtedly positive.

The likes of Thapelo Morena, Denis Onyango, Themba Zwane celebrated with pictures of their latest league triumphs with their families and glittering silverware of the past, which Maema admits it’s good for up-and-coming talent to aspire to be like.

“Inspirational, I for one look up to these people, Denis, Shika, Peter, your Morena’s, because they have won the league so many times consecutively,” Maema said.

“They have been up there at the top, so it’s always important that they show us how it’s done on the pitch and also when they’ve won 11, it’s like a benchmark they have set.

“It’s a benchmark they have set for us so that we can carry up with Mabena’s and them you know – to also get the three that I have, it’s inspirational, motivating and it pushes us.

“Social media plays a vital role for the kid sitting there at home, hoping they make it one day at Sundowns – to also be inspired to see we’re also following the people we also play with. They can be inspired to follow their dreams.”

Mkhulise added on the topic that Zwane and Onyango who are the most decorated footballers in the country motivate them to continue the path of winning titles.

“It’s very motivated to play alongside Shika and Denis because they are humble people, despite winning so many trophies,” Mkhulise said.

“It’s easy to play with them because they always give us good advice – they will never lead us astray.

“So, we have learnt a lot of things from them as our older brothers. They always teach us which paths to take in this journey for us to reach their heights.

“They are not jealous of sharing knowledge. They always share with us with regards to what we should do.”

On Saturday, Sundowns will have another chance to add major silverware in the Nedbank Cup final but they will need to overcome defending champions Orlando Pirates.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.