Zwane on Teko, Moriri advice

Mamelodi Sundowns

Zwane was promoted to the Sundowns first team at the beginning of the 2011/12 campaign but didn't see much action as he provided cover to experienced midfielders Modise and Moriri, who have since moved to Cape Town City and retired respectively.

The 28-year-old was then loaned out to the now-defunct Mpumalanga Black Aces in 2013/14 to gain some much-needed game-time.

Zwane returned to Downs the following season and has not looked back, becoming a key performer for club and country.

"To be honest I was fortunate to play with players like Surprise and Teko Modise because they were always motivating me that if you are on the bench you need to be prepared, you need to be ready," said Zwane, who recently penned a new contract with the log leaders.

"You need to be ready and whenever you are given a chance you must make use of it. The coach [Pitso Mosimane] also told me that I should play my game and I grabbed my chance."

Meanwhile, Zwane is naturally unhappy with South Africa's 2018 World Cup qualifying failure as Bafana Bafana finished bottom of Group D. He hopes to help ease the disappointment by earning a ticket to the 2019 African Nations Cup, while he also wants to deliver more goals for Masandawana.

"I was looking forward to being there in Russia but it never happened. We are not there and we'll watch the World Cup and learn from the other countries. But next year I'm looking forward to a good year and I want to help the country qualify for AFCON 2019.

"Also, from my side, I need to put in more effort and improve where I'm lacking by being on the scoresheet each and every game I play for my club," concluded Zwane, who has four goals in 15 Premiership outings in 2017/18.