Downs rookie on ‘dream’ debut vs Chiefs


A Mamelodi Sundowns rookie has recalled his unofficial club debut against Kaizer Chiefs as one of the highlights of his career thus far.

Sundowns defender Harold Majadibodu has opened up about his long wait for promotion from the club’s youth structures and going on to face Chiefs in last year’s Shell Helix Cup.

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The 25-year-old previously spent time on loan with Mthatha Bucks and Ajax Cape Town in the lower division before finally earning a shot in Pitso Mosimane’s squad.

He got his first taste of action when The Brazilians lost 4-2 to Amakhosi at FNB Stadium in October last year, but has yet to make his official debut for the first team.

“It was a great feeling to be promoted because during my time with Ajax Cape Town, the Multichoice Diski Challenge team and Mthatha Bucks I was always praying about being promoted to the Sundowns first team,” Majadibodu told the club’s website.

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“When it finally happened I was just so happy because something I used to pray about had finally become a reality.

“My debut was a great feeling because it was such a big game. To finally wear the Sundowns colours and walk through the FNB tunnel in front of a large crowd like that, it doesn’t get any better than that.”

Having won silverware with Downs’ reserve team in 2017, Majadibodu is aware of the expectations of playing for the club’s senior team.

“I don’t think there is a difference between playing for the two [reserve and senior teams], because playing for Sundowns in the MDC we were always required to win, and to do so at all cost – even if it’s a development team, the expectation is still the same,” he added.

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