Absa Premiership

Amajita defender biding his time at Sundowns

2017-11-29 15:36
Thendo Mukumela (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Amajita defender Thendo Mukumela is confident that his first-team breakthrough with Mamelodi Sundowns will arrive before the end of the current season.

Mukumela, 19, was promoted the Brazilians' first-team squad during the off-season by head coach Pitso Mosimane after impressing the club's technical team due to his rapid development with the junior national team and the MultiChoice Diski Challenge squad.

Having represented South Africa at the U17 African Nations Cup, the U17 World Cup and the U20 World Cup over the past three years, the ball-playing defender went on to feature for Bafana Bafana in their recent CHAN and COSAFA Cup qualifiers.

However, the presence of Soumahoro Bangaly, Thabo Nthethe, Wayne Arendse, Ricardo Nascimento, Motjeka Madisha and Rivaldo Coetzee means the teenager will have to remain patient for his chance.

"I am adamant that I will make my senior debut this season," he told TimesLIVE. "Once I get that opportunity, I will make sure that I grab it with both hands.

"I am listening to coach Pitso Mosimane every time he talks to me. He told me that I should wait for my opportunity... it will eventually come.

"I do not take them as competition; they're helping me to settle in the first team."

Mukumela went on to discuss the objectives of the Amajita squad, who are preparing for the Cosafa Youth Championships to be hosted by Zambia next week.

"We want to win this [Cosafa] tournament; last year we lost in the final [2-1 to Zambia in Rustenburg]. We have now improved a lot and we have studied how other African nations are playing."

Read more on:    soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Sunday, 22 April 2018
Wits v Polokwane City, Bidvest Stadium 15:00
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Ajax Cape Town v Baroka FC, Athlone Stadium 19:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Chippa United, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Golden Arrows v Kaizer Chiefs, Princess Magogo Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Maritzburg United v Mamelodi Sundowns, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
SuperSport United v Free State Stars, Lucas Moripe Stadium 19:30
Polokwane City v Cape Town City FC, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Wits, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Platinum Stars v AmaZulu FC, Royal Bafokeng Stadium 19:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.