Mamelodi Sundowns’ new signing Sipho Mbule delved into his thrilling journey towards winning his first DStv Premiership title with The Brazilians when he was crowned champion at the end of the 2022-23 season. Fresh off his team’s triumph in the domestic league, Mbule took a moment to reflect on the season’s accomplishments, stating that it’s been his long term goal to lift the trophy.
“It feels really amazing because I’ve been looking for a league medal, but when I came here I wanted to get more and not just to win the league in the first season. I wanted to win everything, the Champions League and the domestic cups, but it’s a nice feeling to have the DStv Premiership.”
“I’m pretty much happy with the contribution that I’ve made this season, but football is a team sport, I don’t think I would’ve played the way I’ve been playing if it wasn’t for the support of my teammates and the players that are around me and the staff here at sundowns, the motivation that we get and the training sessions that we get. Everything that has been done here is a collective effort.”
As the new season approaches, the talented midfielder expressed that he is determined to take his game to even greater heights. He recognized the importance of continuous improvement and is ready to face the challenges that lie ahead. Alongside his teammates, Mbule remains focused on not only defending their DStv Premiership title but also conquering new frontiers on the continental stage.
“In the coming season I think for me I need to score more goals, be involved and play more often because at Sundowns we always have the ball. I think I need to improve on being more involved in the games, make those assists and score goals for the team. As a team I think we’ve been doing well, the thing that was missing was just managing the game, but I think we are going to improve on that.”
“I think they [former teammates] made it easier also because I had been playing with them for quite some time at SuperSport and the others we’ve met through the national team. When I came it didn’t feel like a different environment for me and beside my teammates I think everyone here has a good heart and everyone here always has an ear to listen to you when you want to say something. I think my stay here has been quite nice.”
Amidst the celebration, Mbule expressed his feelings about the team’s achievement, stating that they were proud but hungry for more. The 25-year old maestro firmly indicated that Masandawana had the potential to win multiple trophies in a single season.
“I knew when I came here that it’s not going to be easy because everyone here at the club is quality, there’s a lot of good players and I also thought to myself that it means I’m also good enough and that’s why I’m here and competing with the best of the best.”
“My reflection of the season is that we have done well, it’s not a bad season. We won the DStv Premiership, we lost the Nedbank Cup and MTN8 also, and we also lost the CAF Champions League. I think the thing that stands out the most is that we took the team to a state where it hasn’t been in eight years, I think that’s a good thing. Next season we must do better than this season.”