Mkhuma won’t waste opportunity to impress
Mkhuma was recently promoted to the first team of the Brazilians after flashes of brilliance and eye-catching moments of skill in the reserve side. He penned a four and a half-year deal with the Absa Premiership champions.
The young forward is acutely aware of the weight of expectation on his shoulders but doesn’t want to put himself under “unnecessary pressure by setting unrealistic goals”.
“I have to sit down with the likes of Keletso, Mkhulise and Madisha and get their advice as to how they absorbed pressure when they were promoted to the first team,” Mkhuma said last weekend at Mpumalanga Stadium in Hammarsdale, where they defeated SuperSport United 2-1 in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge.
“I don’t know what kind of challenges I’m going to face. It shows that they worked hard if you look at where they are and I can also do the same. Their guidance is going to be key for me.”
His elevation to the elite league is a massive step in his career.
“Obviously there will be that pressure and nervousness. The guidance of the players who have done it before me will be key,” he added.
South Africa have lost plenty of talented footballers with immense ability in the past due to ill-discipline but Mkhuma is well aware of that and says focusing on doing his duty on the field is key.
“I have to focus on my job and not what is happening off the field of play. I’ve always believed that my time will come and this is the time. Football is my passion and I want to make use of this opportunity.
“Playing for the Sundowns first team is another level. I have to keep my feet on the ground. I want to learn more about my senior players. I have to stay focused,” Mkhuma said.
He was drafted into the provisional team for the Olympic Games that was announced on Tuesday. Mkhuma has the ambition of competing against the best in Tokyo in July when the SA Under-23 side will compete.
“For me, anything is possible. It will be huge for me to make the team for the Olympic Games,” Mkhuma stated.
Mkhuma boasts an immense appetite to achieve more in his career. His ambition is to propel Sundowns’ reserves to the coveted MDC crown.
“I want to help Sundowns win the Diski Challenge. We are currently No 1 and that’s where we want to finish.
“I’ve achieved one of my goals - to get promoted. My next objective is to win the Diski Challenge,” Mkhuma elaborated.@minenhlecr7