Tiyani Mabunda has taken his chance at Mamelodi Sundowns and is looking to play a starring role in the Brazilians’ quest for African glory.
The 28-year-old midfielder has come a long way since making his PSL debut in February and is set for a first XI spot in tonight’s Caf Confederations Cup qualifier playoff against Medeama in Ghana.
And he says Pitso Mosimane’s PSL champions are out for redemption on the continent.
Mabunda says: “I believe that we have what it takes to go all the way.
“It was unfortunate that we were knocked out of the Champions League that we had set our sights on.
“We can redeem ourselves in the Confederation Cup. We want to go all the way and we have what it takes to do that.”
Downs will take on a Medeama team that has been distracted a bit, with their coach Tom Strand secretly resigning on their trip in the country.
Sundowns on the other hand, have found things easier replacing almost anyone with Mabunda a perfect example of that.
He was way down in the pecking order behind Bongani Zungu, Soumahoro Bangaly, Teko Modise and the pair of Mzikayise Mashaba along with Asavela Mbekile who were used as stop-gap central midfielders.
He adds: “At Sundowns, whether you play or not, you can only become a better player because of the calibre of players, coaches and the medical staff surrounding you.
“They always give you something to hold onto…”