Introducing: Thando Buthelezi

Meet Thando Buthelezi.

A Teko Modise fan who also has a soft spot for Percy Tau and Themba Zwane – all players with a deep connection to Mamelodi Sundowns.

Buthelezi, 17, now also gets to live his dream as an academy player for Masandawana and his long-term personal target is to rub shoulders with ‘Mshishi’, captain Hlompho Kekana, Andile Jali and Thapelo Morena.

“I am from Thokoza and I joined Sundowns after I came for trials in 2015 and then joined a Sunday programme, then a year later that’s when I started playing for the academy,” says Buthelezi as he recalls his story.

Might be a bit cliché, but it almost sounds like he was ready to play football as soon as he could walk considering how early he picked his favourite position.

“I decided I want to be an attacking central midfielder when I was eight years old,” the youngster adds, “but at that time I wasn’t sure if the position would suit me”.

Buthelezi has his hands full juggling between being a footballer for the record Premier Soccer League topflight championship title holders and still being in school.

“To be honest it’s really the toughest thing to do, but because that is what I need to go through to be the best thing in life, I will have to find the balance. It’s all about paying attention in both school and football,” he says.

While still hoping to graduate like many of the former Sundowns academy players before him, Buthelezi continues to earn his stripes in the Multichoice Diski Challenge team.

“My toughest game so far was against Kaizer Chiefs and we won 4-3. That was my second match, so I was expected to be on my best form because the team was doing so well. I want to win the MDC league and the Shield tournament, and then obviously breakthrough to the first team,” Buthelezi shares his lofty ambitions.

“And I would like to play in the CAF Champions League one day and obviously help the team bring another star home. I hope to play with Themba Zwane, Andile Jali, Thapelo Morena and obviously our skipper, Hlompho Kekana, because he has a wealth of experience.”

8 Responses
  1. Mandisi

    The future is bright boy keep your head up, jealously guard the company you keep because they neither build or destroy you

    All the best boy and your dream will come through

  2. Tshimollo

    All the best to Thando.B
    We hoping one day to see him breaking in the first team side and having so much impact in the Brazilians

  3. Thabo Tizar

    Only hard work, commitment, discipline and being humble will see you through… Put respect first in everything you do.

  4. Khayz & Witness

    I have seen you playing
    In future champs
    & @ MDC there is
    no doubtin my mind
    You are our next big plsyer

  5. Sipho Nkosi

    Push on boy, time really flies, you were kicking the ball all day long in the streets of Thokoza now you in Sundowns Academy, keep working hard wish you all the best “ntwana”.