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Mkhulise: I know how it feels to fight for the league

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Sphelele Mkhulise

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Sphelele Mkhulise says his time away from the club on loan has helped make him a more complete player.

The 25-year-old has played for Black Leopards and Richards Bay since making the step-up into first team football.

This season though he is hoping to make his mark with the Brazilians having made his return ahead of the upcoming campaign and after a successful COSAFA Cup campaign with the South African national side.

Speaking to the Sowetan, Mkhulise explained: "I learnt a lot of things during my loan stints. The loans afforded me that experience of being in a professional set-up because before I went out on loan, I was just playing for youth teams. Being on loan made me the player I am today.

"The time I was at Leopards we were chasing the [second tier] championship but we couldn't win it as we ended up in the play-offs, even though we were also never successful. So, I returned to Sundowns knowing how it feels to fight for the league. At Bay we were fighting for survival, so I also know that feeling."

Mkhulise added: "I am very happy about Bafana call-ups. It's every SA player's dream to play for Bafana, so I am grateful. I think I grabbed the opportunity with both hands, especially in the Cosafa Cup."