Coach Steve Komphela later took to social media to hail the young midfielder’s dazzling cameo in Sundowns 3-2 win against Thwihli Thwahla in Chatsworth. “He was thrown in the deep end to swim and he came through. His opportunity came at the back of others’ setbacks (flu outbreak). Blessings and burdens are cousins. Ha a re wa e tshwara, ba hodimo hae,” Coach Komphela tweeted. Masandawana have long had a policy of giving rising stars a chance, as seen with the emergence of the likes of Sphelele Mkhulise, Promise Mkhuma and several others.
On his dream debut with the first team, the Soshanguve-born starlet said, “I felt very excited when I made my maiden appearance with the big guns. Understandably, I was a bit nervous when I was informed that I would be joining the senior team for the game. However, in football, you need to be switched on at all times. The coaches encouraged and gave me confidence in my ability to handle the pressures of the big stage.”
The lanky midfielder spoke about how he earned the nickname Pogba, “So many people have told me that I look like Paul Pogba (Juventus midfielder) and I am flattered. Although I appreciate the comparison, I am nowhere near the levels of the French World Cup winner.”
Ofentse further stated, “Though we have some similarities in our game, I would never want to be compared to anyone else, because I want to carve out my personality as a footballer.”
“My style of play suits the famous Shoe Shine and Piano of my beloved Mamelodi Sundowns. I am a player who loves keeping possession of the ball to dictate the pace of the midfield. I am hoping to understudy many of the accomplished midfielders presently at the club,” stated Mashiane.
One of the midfielder’s short-term plans is to cement his place in the first team and play alongside Rivaldo Coetzee.
“I am a big fan of Rivaldo because he is a very humble guy. I also like the calmness of his game because it is similar to mine. I love to keep things simple on the pitch because you can build on your confidence when you are not tensed. I hope to play with him someday” he asserted.
On his long-term plans with Mamelodi Sundowns, “Winning is entrenched in the DNA of the club and I desire to continue that exciting tradition for many years to come. To achieve that, I will need to work even harder,” Mashiane concluded.
On his favourite African football legend, Ofentse stated, “Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o remains my favourite because he is one of the most successful Africans to ever play the game.”
All those who have come across Ofentse have been fascinated by his rapid rise to stardom and he is touted to have a big future ahead of him. With the support of the Mamelodi Sundowns Academy, hard work and humility, the Sky is the Limit for what the promising midfielder can achieve.