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The Citizen (KZN) - - Sports Express - By Nick Said

Mamelodi Sun­downs have pro­moted promis­ing teenage mid­fielder Prom­ise Mkhuma to their first team and could hand the South African ju­nior in­ter­na­tional his de­but in to­mor­row's Ned­bank Cup clash with Tsh­wane ri­vals Su­perS­port United.

The 19-year-old is highly-re­garded by coach Pitso Mosi­mane, who has hinted at a pos­si­ble loan next sea­son, but for the re­main­der of this cam­paign he wants to give the young­ster a chance to stake a claim for a first-team place.

The left-winger should be no stranger to keen watch­ers of the South African game. He helped the na­tional side to the bronze medal at the 2019 African Un­der-20 Cham­pi­onships and also fea­tured at the FIFA Un­der-20 World Cup in Poland.

Mkhuma, who hails from Davey­ton, is be­ing re­warded for scor­ing 10 goals in the team's Mul­tiChoice Diski Chal­lenge (MDC) side, es­sen­tially the re­serve team.

Should he es­tab­lish him­self in the Sun­downs side, he will join an im­pres­sive list of re­cent left-wingers that in­clude Percy Tau and Kea­gan Dolly. And given that he was handed a five-and-a-half year con­tract on his el­e­va­tion to the first team, Mosi­mane clearly sees him as a long-term op­tion.

"Prom­ise has done very well. He has proven that he de­serves my at­ten­tion," Mosi­mane said.

"He has re­ally shown that I must look at him. The free kicks have been good and he has been sup­ply­ing the balls. Let's put him in. Let's stress him and see how he han­dles this.

"You park him a lit­tle bit some­where like we did with Pitso [Mkhulisi], like we did with [Mot­jeka] Madisha, like we did with Percy Tau, and we can bring him in a lit­tle bit later. But let's see first what Prom­ise can do."

Mkhuma has racked up 10 goals and 10 as­sists in 21 games in the MDC, show­ing both his cre­ativ­ity and po­tency in front of goals.

He is a prod­uct of Clapham High School in Pre­to­ria, a renowned foot­ball in­sti­tu­tion, and takes his stud­ies as se­ri­ously as foot­ball. He is cur­rently study­ing Of­fi­ci­at­ing & Sport Sci­ence at the Tsh­wane Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy.

Pic­ture: Back­page Pix

PROM­ISE MKHUMA.

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