Breaking into the star-studded Mamelodi Sundowns first team has proven to be a mountain of sorts for many alumni of the club’s academy, and few have made it, and Ofentse Mashiane aims to be one of the first-team regulars. team.
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The 21-year-old linebacker is slowly biding his time to get more playing time in the Sundowns first team as he spends most of his time in the reserves playing in the DStv Diski Challenge.
Earlier this year, Masciane already got a taste of playing in the senior teams during the team’s match against Royal AM in the DStv Premier League. But he knows there’s still a long way to go, and players like Promise Mkhuma and Siphelele Mkhulise will have to dig deeper to be considered for Tier 1 actions, and more like Percy Tau.
“I know it’s not easy to succeed in the first team, but I want to make sure that I play with them regularly. This is my desire and I know this can only happen if I put a lot of effort into the way I train and play,” said the lanky midfielder.
“Another important thing that will help me is to listen to instructions and always give my best in training.”
Born in Soshanguwa, Pretoria, playing for the local team means a lot to Mashian and he knows he has to represent his people well. He says he gets a lot of support from people in his community and family.
“When you are from Pretoria and play for the Sundowns, it really means a lot to our communities because they know that we represent not only ourselves but also them,” he added.