Mamelodi Sundowns striker Thokozani Sekotlong says joining the club he supported growing up is a proud moment for him
Posted: 18 August 2017 Time: 08:58
New Mamelodi Sundowns striker Thokozani Sekotlong expressed his delight at signing for his boyhood club and knows that his father will cry tears of joy following the completion of the deal.
Sekotlong was confirmed as a Sundowns player on Thursday, signing a five-year contract with the African champions who have also signed Razak Brimah, Oupa Manyisa and George Lebese recently. The 26-year-old will wear the number 37.
Sekotlong is from Mamelodi and thrilled to be back home, playing for one of the country’s biggest clubs.
“I have always been a big fan, since I was a little boy and supporting them at stadiums. My father is going to cry. I even had the Disprin jersey [used in the late 90s], so definitely it’s a proud moment,” Sekotlong said.
“Since leaving University of Pretoria [in 2013], I have always been away from home. So being back at home, especially at a team like Sundowns, means the most to me. It’s a dream come true. It’s a proud move for both me and my family.”
Sekotlong was released by Ea Lla Koto despite scoring seven goals in all competitions last season.
“It’s kind of funny. I was playing for Free State Stars. I did well in the first half of the season but I got injured. When we came back for pre-season, I travelled with the team with my injuries but not knowing what the problem was.
“Free State Stars decided to terminate my contract. Obviously I was clubless and I was looking for a team, so that’s when Sundowns came through to give me a chance. I did have other offers but I could not turn this one down because it’s an opportunity of a lifetime.”
Sekotlong is hoping to make a valuable contribution at the club, as they look to reclaim the Absa Premiership title.
“I am an explosive player. I am really good with making runs and I love scoring goals. I think I got a good technique on me and I can take free-kicks.”