LESIBA NKU EYES CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SUCCESS © Sundowns MediaLesiba Nku Completes Signing For Mamelodi SundownsAuthor: John AliuAfter being unveiled as a new Mamelodi Sundowns player, Lesiba Nku expressed his burning desire to make a significant impact and play a crucial role in the club’s quest to dominate in various competitions, including the prestigious CAF Champions League, in the upcoming season. The versatile player, who was the first signing unveiled by Masandawana ahead of the 2023/24 campaign, shared his thoughts and aspirations in an exclusive interview with the Mamelodi Sundowns Digital Magazine crew.

“Making this move to Bafana Ba Style is a huge milestone for me and an important step in my career. I am excited to be here and winning the CAF Champions League would be an amazing way to announce my arrival at the club. I can’t wait for the opportunity to integrate into the team, showing the fans my style of play and the confidence I bring to the pitch. I believe that working together as a team, we have the potential to get some silverware this season,” expressed Lesiba with enthusiasm and determination.
Nku, renowned for his versatility and adeptness in various positions, bestows the Brazilians with an extra edge in both the offensive and defensive aspects of the game. Last season, he demonstrated his adaptability while donning the Marumo Gallants jersey, amassing an impressive 31 appearances (five goals and three assists) and playing a pivotal role in the team’s remarkable run to the semi-finals of the CAF Confederations Cup.

When questioned about the additional attributes he seeks to contribute and cultivate at Mamelodi Sundowns, Nku eagerly responded, “My speed serves as an asset in outrunning defenders and it is an area I am determined to work hard to ensure I use it to its fullest potential. I believe that my pace can generate scoring opportunities and will create an additional dynamic with the strikers.”
© Sundowns MediaLesiba Nku In Training Having faced Sundowns three times last season, the 27-year-old player, unfortunately, endured defeat in each encounter, twice in the league and once in the Nedbank Cup Round of 16. Reflecting upon those matches, the Polokwane-born player readily identified the player who posed the greatest challenge on the field.
“It has to be Khuliso Mudau. He is an extremely physical and strong defender. In one-on-one situations, he is firm and a nightmare for the opposition. Playing against him last season was never easy, as he always made it challenging for me to find space or create scoring opportunities,” Nku expressed.

When posed with the question of which current Sundowns player he had always dreamt of playing alongside, the new signing wasted no time in expressing his admiration for Themba Zwane.

“Mshishi is the man. I hold immense respect for him because of his professionalism and talent. Now that we are teammates, I am truly grateful. I know I can rely on his skills and experience to take our game to new heights and accomplish great things together in the upcoming season,” Lesiba concluded.
Six Fascinating Facts about Lesiba Nku:
1.Sporting Inspiration: Lesiba Nku looks up to Argentine footballer Angel Di Maria as his role model, whose game has greatly influenced him.2.Entertainment Pleasures: When not on the field, Nku enjoys watching TV series such as “The Good Doctor” and “Teen Wolf” to unwind and relax.3.Musical Preferences: His favorite genre of music is RnB and love songs, with a special affinity for the enchanting melodies of Celine Dion.4.Pre-Match Vibes: Before stepping onto the field, Nku tunes into gospel songs, creating a playlist that fuels his spirit and energizes his performance.5.Love for Tennis: Apart from football, Nku is a passionate follower of tennis and holds great admiration for the legendary Novak Djokovic.6.Inspirational Mantra: A quote that resonates deeply with Nku and motivates him is “Never give up,” reminding him to persevere and stay determined in the face of challenges.
© Sundowns MediaNku getting into the swing of things at Sundowns Lesiba Nku’s rise to stardom has been truly meteoric since he arrived at Gallants in July 2022, joining the team on a free transfer from Polokwane City. His exceptional performances throughout last season earned him the prestigious Best Newcomer prize at the Marumo end-of-the-season awards.
The inclusion of Lesiba in the Mamelodi Sundowns squad not only strengthens the team but also reflects the club’s solid determination to excel in domestic and continental competitions. With his remarkable versatility and exceptional technical skills, Nku is already recognized as a valuable asset to the team. One of Coach Rulani Mokwena’s primary focuses will be unlocking his full potential and ensuring he makes a significant impact on the field as the team gears up for a very busy campaign ahead.