Jody February says he is not intimidated by the quality of goalkeepers at Mamelodi Sundowns as he knew what he was getting himself into when he agreed to join the club.
The South Africa youth international signed for Sundowns from Ajax Cape Town last year but was sent on loan to Cape Umoya United for the 2019/20 season.
February, who has divided opinions with his decision to join the Tshwane giants, has explained why players like himself continue to join the The Brazilians despite the club being crowded with big-name players.
“If you wanna be the best you must compete with the best – that's how you grow and I think it's not a mistake signing for Sundowns,” February tells KickOff.com.
“When Sundowns comes knocking, how can you not [say yes]? I mean, it's a fantastic opportunity [to play for] African champions, in continental football and everybody wants to be there to be part of the best you know.”
Following the arrival of Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Ricardo Goss, who is believed to have been signed from Bidvest Wits, Sundowns will have six goalkeepers in Dennis Onyango, Kennedy Mweene, Reyaad Pieterse and Abram Ngcobo.
"The signing of Ricardo Goss is actually good, it's healthy competition for all of us. I'm excited to see him, it can actually bring out the best in you.
"It shows that Sundowns is investing in a lot of good, young talent and I'm happy to be part of that. I'm always up for a fight. Anyone signing for Sundowns knows that you're not just going to walk into the team.
“It's going to take a lot but they don't sign you for no reason, they sign you with a plan. It's gonna be a fight, but it's gonna be good. You can only grow so much more with the experience around you.
“And with good quality around you, you can learn so much while competing for the same position. Who better to learn from than Africa's number one?”
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