Mkhuma On Kekana And Tau As Inspiration

It may seem like a huge responsibility on his young shoulders to be both captain of the reserve team and still get to rub shoulders with his Mamelodi Sundowns seniors, but Promise Mkhuma doesn’t have to look that far for inspiration. 

“It’s been an honour to be a leader of the reserve team, and I am happy with it. I have always enjoyed taking responsibility and the fight that comes with it,” says the 20-year-old who was promoted to the first team in January. 

“I always looked up to Percy Tau – he is a role model and inspired many young footballers. As a young captain, looking at Hlompho Kekana on and off the field brings a lot of lessons: hard work, communication, responsibility and the winning mentality. You can tell he doesn’t want to lose, any day or any time.” 

As far as role models go, Mkhuma has luxury in his selection with Tau, the club’s reserve team graduate now on the books of English Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion and spent a season on loan at Club Brugge in Belgium, where he won the championship. 

Like Kekana, the junior international was also recently handed a long-term contract when his promotion to the senior team was confirmed earlier this year. 

“Firstly, I would like to thank the team for this opportunity. What matters now in these next five years is to add value, achieve goals – and I would love to see myself playing in the CAF Champions League tournaments and helping bring another star. I also want to help the team win as many trophies as possible,” adds Mkhuma. 

While he waits for his official senior team debut, the attacker continues to give his all for the MDC team as he sharpens his razor to impress coach Pitso Mosimane. 

“It looks easy when watching the game, but it’s tough,” Mkhuma explains. 

“Recently, the hardest games I faced were both against Orlando Pirates. We drew 2-2 in the first round and lost 1-0 in the second. Those were the games I had to take a lot of responsibility, show character and motivate the team at all cost. I scored an equaliser with a free kick and gained confidence. I can mention other games, too, but those were the hardest.”  


15 Responses
  1. mzimela

    Promise welcome boy hot prospect unfortunate fall in wrong hands Pitso is like lazy woman do.not want to cook always buy take away just prefer players been groomed by others

  2. Lamamelodi

    Congratulations to the young man. Indeed the senior team need strengthening, especially with a lot more folks reaching 30 and beyond. On the very same note, I was taken aback reading that Thulani Hlatswayo has signed with Pirates. I thought Downs management was a advanced stage securing his signature. Honestly Nascimento has been doing a good job monitoring young stars such a s Madisha but I thought Pitso needed to have another sweeper as and when Nascimento is on injuries, standard suspensions etc

  3. Dickson Augusto

    Great to see him looking up to his seniors and willing to learn from them ..keep ur head down man you’ll make it to the starting Eleven soon.👆👆

  4. Kagiso continental

    U dont dont deserve to be loaned ..your charecter and talent proven that only 1 chance to be fielded then the rest is history.

    In you we believe

    Your the reason why we were watching mdc

    Do what you do best wen chance present itself…loan might kill you.

  5. Khayz & Witness

    Work hard be disciplined
    Go away from a bad company , u have talent
    u are the next big thing
    in SA foot ball

    I think we can sign Motupa, Modiba & Domingo or Kapinga
    Sello Motsepe or Msimanga HS fc Busi Sunita from Baroka

  6. Ketlhotswe

    Our MCD never disappoints wen coming to produce a quality players .Just look at Mkhuma here I am talking about our upcoming star. 😊

  7. Ronnie Bothma

    You’ll be great son… You just need nurturing… Been watching your game for a while in the MDC. In the next two years you should command a place in the team. You are that good.

  8. Patmbedzi

    You are star.,hence you hereby,nicknamed “HOKOYO”(hoekoyo).This word is related with threat-therefore opponent defenders be afraid Promise HOKOYO Mkhuma .has arrived.He will be troublesome to the defenders-hokoyo.