Platinum Stars midfielder Makudubela ready to fill Ngele’s shoes
Posted: 9 July 2015 Time: 08:39
Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson has handed the number 11 jersey to Mahlatse Makudubela, who will be expected to fill the void that has been left by midfielder Mogakolodi Ngele’s departure to Mamelodi Sundowns.
For the past three seasons, the number 11 jersey was being worn by Ngele, who together with the likes of Robert Ng’ambi became the heartbeat of the Dikwena midfield.
The 27-year-old Makudubela – who has largely been in Ngele’s shadow for the past two years – says he is eager to showcase his talent and is ready to take over the responsibility of unlocking the opposition’s defence during the 2015/16 season.
“Ngele is talented and honestly speaking, I am honoured. Wearing the same jersey as he used to wear is such a huge encouragement for me to work hard,” Makudubela says.
“I started with that number when I was young and I knew one day I would wear it at a professional level. It has forever been my wish to play in a number 11 jersey at professional level,” he adds.
The midfielder believes the return of coach Johnson to the side will make Dikwena one of the teams to beat during the upcoming season.
“With the philosophy that coach Cavin Johnson brought to the club ever since he returned, I feel success awaits the team.
“He has a father figure role and he wants us to succeed. Football will have a different definition this season and everyone is working hard,” he says.