Mamelodi Sundowns have been known in the past for producing youngsters who have come through the Youth Development Academy. Promise Mkhuma is one of the latest products who has been part of the senior squad and is finding his feet. Mkhuma took some time out and had a chat with us about his progress with the first team. “Firstly I would say getting minutes and winning the silverware with the team was a blessing and really exciting because honestly, I didn’t think things would happen so quickly. And also putting in hard work throughout the sessions led me to get those minutes and I was happy to see myself winning the trophies in my first season,” said the youth national team player.
Promise was promoted in January of this year after he had a great display for the Mamelodi Sundowns reserve team which campaigned in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge (now known as the DStv Diski Challenge).
“When it comes to the senior players it always has to start with respect and know when to play and when to work. In the beginning, it was not easy for me to be around the senior players but as time went on I started asking for guidance on and off the field. They are not just senior players but my older brothers and I would say I feel comfortable around them most especially on the field. The technical team has also been there for me in order to help me to settle and not feel the pressure. During the training sessions, they bring cameras and take videos of the session and we are expected to collect those sessions so we can see our errors. Now I feel more comfortable to go ask them for help so I can work on my weaknesses.”
Mkhuma has won the league title and also the Nedbank Cup and this season he will be looking to add to those accolades and will be hoping to cement a place in the squad.
“I learn daily from the other players and technical staff because they show respect towards everyone, they put in the discipline and mostly love and leadership. They are not just coaches, fitness trainers, or physiotherapists. When I see one of them I see my teacher, uncle, and father and I still want to learn more and win trophies,” concluded Mkhuma.