Cape Town - New Mamelodi Sundowns forward Thokozani Sekotlong says believes playing for the club it will take his game to the next level.
The 26-year-old joined Africa's champions after falling out of favour with Free State Stars and being released, although it came as some surprise when he penned a five-year deal with the Pitso Mosimane-coached outfit.
The player made his debut in the Premiership in a 2-1 defeat to Polokwane City in late August, though he is hopeful better times are ahead for the team based in Chloorkop.
"Life at Sundowns has been really good. It’s a different environment," he told the club's official website.
"It is a big team so things are very, very professional. I know that the pressure is higher which is why I need to be able to handle that pressure.
"Here they demand the best out of you all the time. You just have to be tuned in all the time. I find it challenging. But challenges are good because that’s how you grow,” Sekotlong said.
Sekotlong describes his debut for Mamelodi Sundowns last month against Polokwane City at Loftus Versfeld in front of his home crowd as a surreal moment.
The 26-year-old striker is one of three players at Sundowns who were born in Mamelodi. The other two are midfielders George Lebese and Lucky Mohomi.
"It means a lot for me as a guy from Mamelodi to be playing for Mamelodi Sundowns," Sekotlong said.
"I grew up supporting the team. My dad and my whole family are huge fans of Mamelodi Sundowns.”
"They are all from Mamelodi. They all came to watch me in my debut at Loftus. It was a surreal moment. It was one of those moments that you want to cherish."
'Downs next encounter in the league is against Ea Lla Koto at the Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem on 11 September.
The action gets underway from 18:00.