Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Khaya Shoze remains confident he will turn out for the first team
Posted: 4 March 2018 Time: 19:00
Mamelodi Sundowns' attacking midfielder Khaya Shozi has faith his time will come to take centre stage.
Shozi is highly rated by Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane but is yet to play for the Brazilians due to fierce competition in his position at Chloorkop.
The 23-year-old was promoted to the Downs first team in 2015/16 and was swiftly loaned to cross-town rivals SuperSport United for the second half of that season.
However, he failed to get a look-in at SuperSport under successive coaches Gordon Igesund and Stuart Baxter.
Shozi then spent last term on loan at NFD side Black Leopards, where he combined well with Siphelele Ntshangase, now at Kaizer Chiefs, to help Lidoda Duvha reach the play-offs under Jean Loscuito.
Shozi has since reunited with Loscuito at Richards Bay, who he joined on loan in November last year and reiterated his value recently with a man-of-the-match display in the 5-0 rout of amateur side Bloemfontein Young Tigers in the Nedbank Cup last-32.
“As people, success doesn’t come to us all at once. I cannot compare myself with Percy Tau because Percy has established himself,” Shozi tells KickOff.com.
“What is important for me is to remain positive. I don’t think you can run out of time if you play football. Everything happens in its own time, so I’m not in a rush.
“As long I’m playing and keep improving I feel everything will fall into place.”
Sundowns assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi has previously pointed to Percy Tau as an example of a player that made the most of a loan spell (at Witbank Spurs) and saw his career take off on returning to the Tshwane giants.
The soft-spoken Shozi says he is learning much on his travels.
“Since I’m getting these loans I think I’m learning a lot at the teams I’m loaned to and what is key is obviously the game-time,” he adds.
“But my biggest wish is to play overseas. I’m still at Sundowns, as you all know I’m on loan. I know they are watching most of the games I’m playing but what is important is to improve all the time as a player,” concludes Shozi, who was mentored by veteran hitman Mabhuti Khenyeza growing up.