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Sundowns' Siyanda Zwane vies with Asavela Mbekile, Rheece Rvans after Ramahlwe Mphahlele exit

Posted: 23 August 2016 Time: 09:32

Mamelodi Sundowns defender Siyanda Zwane says he still has a fight on his hands even though the club recently lost first-choice right-back Ramahlwe Mphahlele to Kaizer Chiefs.

Zwane and Asavela Mbekile played second fiddle to Mphahlele at Chloorkop last season.

And While 'Rama''s departure to Amakhosi has seen Zwane gain game-time of late, the 31-year-old insists he is in no comfort zone. 

"I'm competing with Asavela and I'm also competing with Rheece (Evans) and everybody is standing a chance. It depends on who the coach chooses," Zwane tells

"But from my side I'm just going to continue doing my job. I don't want to look down on those guys that I'm competing with because they are really good players.

"Everyone can come in and do the job and it's never confirmed who's playing but at this moment in time I'm playing. I'm just going to continue to work hard, try and make sure I remain in top position. At the end of the day it is the coach who decides who gets the nod."

Sundowns tonight visit Nigeria's Enyimba in a dead rubber CAF Champions League group tie, having already qualified for the semi-finals of the event with a perfect record from three games. Kick-off is at 17h30 (SA time) at Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Hartcourt.

Zwane, who has won three trophies since joining Downs two seasons ago, says he has grown from his experiences on the continent.

"Playing in Africa, more than anything, you need to be ready physical and mental," he says.

"The playing conditions sometimes are not conducive as like in South Africa and accommodation as well is far apart.

"Everything is different and sometimes there are long traveling hours; it's not like going to Durban or going to Cape Town, something we are used to.

"For me as a player playing in Africa, more than anything, I have gained so much experience. The crowd doesn't intimidate me anymore and I don't make excuses."

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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