Mkhuma asks for help at Sundowns

Premiership

Mamelodi Sundowns' newly promoted youngster Promise Mkhuma is aware of the pressure of being in the senior team and is asking for help.

Mkhuma, who is fighting with the club's reserve team for the MultiChoice Diski challenge title this season, has expressed his excitement after being promoted to the senior squad.

The 19-year-old, who participated at the FIFA U-20 World Cup for South Africa, says he will wait for his time to reward coach Pitso Mosimane for believing in him.

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"I'm happy because it shows that hard work really pays off," Mkhuma told the media at Mpumalanga Stadium.

"I will wait for my time in the first team. Whenever the coach needs me I will be there. For now I'm focused on MDC."

The midfielder says MDC coach David Notoane has told him that his next step will demand him to work extra hard and he must be open to learn from senior players within the team.

"Coach told me to step up because the senior team is another stage, different challenges, and if I focus on football, everything will be fine and I must learn from other players."

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The likes Percy Tau, Keletso Makgalwa, Sphelele Mkhulisi, Motjeka Madisha and others have established their places in the senior squad following promotion.

Mkhuma says he would appreciate guidance from those players to learn how to deal with the challenges in the big league.

"For me I will have to sit down with them to learn how they absorbed pressure, because I don't know the challenges that I will face there. But then it shows that they've worked so hard because they've manage to reach that level," he explained.

"Percy Tau in Europe, Mkhulise and Makgalwa they are already doing well with the senior team. I must follow their footsteps.

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"I believe I need to hear from them on how to achieve what they've achieved so that I cannot put pressure on my self. Their guidance can help me a lot because there will be pressure coming from MDC."

Sundowns are at the summit of the MDC and Mkhuma says winning the reserve league will also help other players in the youth teams earn a possible promotion or professional deals with other clubs.

"For me it's very important because last time we won it was 2016/17. We need to show that character again we had last time we were champions," he added.

"We want to win it now so other players can get promotion or other opportunities in the Absa Premiership because some are old now and it's their last season in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge."

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