Q&A with Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Themba Zwane. The 2020/21 DStv Premiership Midfielder of the Season coming off a championship-winning season promises more to come.
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What do you think of the new kit?
I think it’s a nice design in traditional team colours with bold African patterns. But more importantly, for players, it’s very comfortable.
What boots do you play in?
PUMA Future Z boots. They look amazing, have a great heel and midfoot lock, together with super traction. Things I need as a creative midfielder.
What makes you unique as a person and a footballer?
I know I’m talented, but I work super hard at my game. I push myself to be better every day, but more importantly, I like winning.
How do you measure success?
Success for me is 2-fold: (1) Being able to enjoy, compete and stay on top of my game in this competitive league for so many years. (2) Winning silverware for the team and our beloved fans makes all the difference.
Looking at your life and career so far, what makes you most proud and why?
Being part of the Sundowns family, competing in the Club World Cup, winning the CAF Champions League and eventually winning the PSL Footballer of the Season, show that I contributed positively to the game.
How do you stay motivated when you keep winning the league?
The environment at Sundowns instils the winning mentality and this resonates with my beliefs, which makes winning a habit.
What makes Mamelodi Sundowns such a great club?
The unbelievable team spirit in camp among players. The great support we get from the technical team, president and chairman. More importantly, the feeling we get knowing our fans, Yellow nation are always behind us makes a huge difference.
How do you remain positive during challenging times?
I have learned that tough times don’t last, but tough people do. So, I try to keep myself informed of what’s happening around me, our country and the world at large. I remain positive and hope for the best.
If you were in charge of football what steps would you take to improve the national team and ensure South Africa produce world class players?
Appoint knowledgeable, passionate individuals in the administration. Have a sound football development structure at every PSL team starting with kids from an early age. I’m talking infrastructure, qualified coaches and introducing platforms to compete. Introduce a uniform football philosophy for all age groups.
Your goals for the new season?
See improvement on all my stats, minutes on pitch, assists and goals.
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