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.