Absa Premiership

Rama: Captaincy hasn't changed me

2015-08-24 08:31
Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Bonginkosi Ntuli (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele says he believes that he is very calm and collected off the field but likes to be of great help to his team-mates on the field with constant communication.

Mphahlele says every team in the PSL have their own quality players and not only Sundowns with all the stars.

“Look, obviously off the field I am calm, I am quiet,” he told Sport24.

“But on the pitch I like to believe that I talk a lot, I like to give instructions and help my team-mates where I can.

“In terms of Sundowns being a team full of stars... Ah come on. Chiefs, Pirates, Wits and so forth all have stars

“You know it is just a story – ‘Sundowns is the big team with all these stars’."

Former team-mate and captain Alje Schut brought something different to the Downs’ team when Rama spoke about him, he said that the team has continue without him and not worry much that he has left the club.

“But what Alje brought to the team was different; we have to continue without him.

“We can’t be worried that Alje has gone.

“For me the captaincy hasn’t changed me and the way I behave."

The defender said that he has grown since he captained the different national youth teams and that the captaincy has not changed him as a person, as he still remains humble and true to his team.

“But at Sundowns the expectations are big; the supporters want to win and the president wants to win.

“I have grown since I have captained the different national teams.

“I’ve captained the under-17, the under-20 and the under-23 national teams so it always comes in handy.

“It makes you believe that you can do it because you have done it before.

“But I have Thabo, Dennis, Surprise and Teko with whom I can bounce ideas off."

Mamelodi Sundowns managed a 4-2 win against Bidvest Wits at the Lucas Moripe stadium on Saturday, August 22.


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