Sekotlong Takes Aim At Stars09/Sep/2017 15:30
Sekotlong showed just why Sundowns signed him from Free State Stars by keeping Polokwane City’s defenders on their toes. He quickly clicked with his new teammates and he was a handful for the visitors who struggled to contain him in a spirited performance that lacked only one thing.
“I feel like I had a good performance, I just lacked a goal to calm the nerves down. But things happen for a reason because not scoring on that game is driving me to do even better in our next game. I am just hoping to get that first goal to settle down and then after that many more will come. The first goal will open up many more goals and will help with my confidence,” Sekotlong said.
That first goal could come up against his former team Ea Lla Koto on Monday at Goble Park – a venue Sekotlong knows well. The trip to Bethlem starts what is an important week for the African champions. After visiting Stars, the Brazilians will host Wydad Casablanca in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League on Sunday. Fans are urged to come in their numbers for that important clash to fill the stadium. Those wearing yellow will enter for free at Lucas Moripe Stadium and other fans will pay R20 a ticket.
“Life at Sundowns has been really good. It’s a different environment. It is a big team so things are very, very professional. I know that the pressure is higher which is why I need to be able to handle that pressure. Here they demand the best out of you all the time. You just have to be tuned in all the time. I find it challenging. But challenges are good because that’s how you grow,” Sekotlong said.
Thokozani Sekotlong describes his debut for Mamelodi Sundowns last month against Polokwane City at Loftus Versfeld in front of his home crowd as a surreal moment.
The 26-year-old striker is one of three players at Sundowns who were born in Mamelodi. The other two are midfielders George Lebese and Lucky Mohomi.
“It means a lot for me as a guy from Mamelodi to be playing for Mamelodi Sundowns,” Sekotlong said. “I grew up supporting the team. My dad and my whole family are huge fans of Mamelodi Sundowns.”
“They are all from Mamelodi. They all came to watch me in my debut at Loftus. It was a surreal moment. It was one of those moments that you want to cherish.”