Downs star wants Surprise, Esrom status


A Mamelodi Sundowns star is looking to etch his name into the club's history books for good, joining the likes of Surprise Moriri and Esrom Nyandoro.

Moriri and Nyandoro go down as two of the most recognisable names in Sundowns' recent history, having served the club with distinction for many years.

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Both players spent a combined 23 years with the club after both joining in July 2004, with Moriri having left in 2016 before returning as a youth coach, while Nyandoro took up a management role shortly after retiring in 2015.

Current midfielder Themba Zwane, who is now into his 10th year since joining The Brazilians, has his heart set on emulating his predecessors by obtaining legendary status at Chloorkop.

"I can say yes, because of the mentality I have. When I joined Sundowns, I met the likes of Surprise Moriri and players who had been there for long, so I was learning their mentality," Zwane tells

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"They would always push themselves and wanted to create history with the team, so that's what I wanted to do as well – create history and become a legend of the club. 

"That is what keeps me working every season and trying to improve myself. I want to be like guys like Surprise, Esrom [Nyandoro], you know."

The 30-year-old currently has a year remaining on his current deal, with the club holding an option of a further year, but 'Mshishi' is hopeful of extending his stay even further.

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