21-year-old Musawenkosi Mdhluli is patiently waiting for his opportunity at Mamelodi Sundowns.
The Diski Challenge star was promoted to the first team this season, but is yet to feature. He has however been on the Sundowns’ bench three times.
The Tembisa-born midfielder says it has been an interesting experience training with the first team, where he says the tempo is much higher than with the reserves
“Life hasn’t been smooth, mainly because of all the new adaptations and being in the new environment but it has been an interesting journey so far. I appreciate the opportunity that has been given to me,” Mdhluli told the Sundowns website.
“The difference between reserve team football and senior team is mainly the tempo, because now you’re surrounded with players who are more talented and have more qualities than you and who are quicker, faster and stronger, so the -empo and the intensity will change.”
“Those are the main differences between the two. What I’m working hard on is to try to get to the level of their tempo and intensity and to try and understand how the team plays and what’s required for me to be amongst the rest.”
” I don’t feel intimidated by them but as a young boy, you’re bound to be starstruck in the beginning but once you get used to training and travelling with the players you realise that they’re human too and it feels good to be around them because you get to learn from them and some share with you how got to the level that they’re at.”
“So it’s truly a blessing to be around them. Because like they say, ‘Sometimes inspiration isn’t far fetched.’”