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Which trophies and awards do you want to achieve this year?With the help of my teammates, I would like to win the most prestigious trophy, which is the CAF African Champions league and also the DSTV Premiership.
Where do you see yourself in five years?I’m always working on improving myself daily but in the next 5 years, if I work hard, and achieve what's required from my side with the help of the coaching team and the players, I would like to play in Europe. But right now, my focus is on working hard and delivering results for Sundowns.
Can you describe the moment when you scored your debut goal against Kaizer Chiefs for us?I was extremely happy to score my first goal for Sundowns during such a big match, in my mind I knew I was pleasing the fans and also making my family and friends happy. They have all contributed to my success.
What do you think about Sundowns fans so far?Since I arrived at the club, the welcome and the treatment I got from the fans has been amazing. I would like to thank you all for your constant support.
How long did it take you to adjust to the coaches' techniques/ different ways of coaching? It took shorter than expected. I thought it was going to be difficult, but the coaching team and the players have made it easier to adjust in South Africa. The club has been welcoming and has made me feel at home. I would like to thank the club for this opportunity.
© Samuel Shivambu - BackpagePixCelebrating his debut goal during the match against Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld StadiumKeletso Dion Marapyane
What made you sign with Sundowns because you’re so good that I think it was not only Sundowns who were chasing your signature?
Even though there were a few teams that approached me, the fact that Sundowns is one of the best teams in Africa made my decision easier. Sundowns is a Champions league winning team with ambitions to continuously conquer the continent.
What’s the worst thing to ever happen to you and how did you overcome it? Before I signed for Sundowns, there was quite a bit of concern raised from family, friends and fans whether I had signed for a team. I was put under quite a bit of pressure and had to overcome it by staying mentally strong and trusting the process.
How did you make it pro and do you have any advice for the next generation?
I managed to achieve pro soccer through discipline and focus, my previous coaches have also played a pivotal role in developing my career. My advice to the next generation is to put their heads down and focus on their goals and of course give it their best shot.
Saka Unako Gebenga
How many goals and assists are you planning to have as your target for the season?
This season I would like to score more than ten goals and provide as many assists as possible. Unfortunately, due to my injury I haven't been able to play many games.
Nasir celebrates with Head Coach Rulani Mokwena during a MTN8 match@Ntokozo_moloi
How are you finding life in the South African league and outside?
It is my first time playing abroad, away from home. It has its own challenges but being far from family and friends is the most difficult one.
What is it that you want to accomplish in our league and how would you like to be remembered if you ever leave our country?
I would like to be remembered as a player who did his best in contributing to the club and as someone who was a positive influence and a good example to the youth.
Ibnu Hansen
How hard are you working to be in Sundowns’ best 11?
Sundowns has many quality players and I must work extra hard to prove myself to be selected in the starting line up.
What keeps you going when you are feeling down? Any songs that remind you of your childhood?
Either way, when I am feeling down or happy, I normally offer a Dua during prayer, everything I do is in connection with Allah (God).
Nasir celebrating his goal with team mates@m1andriesmalema
What do you think about the standard of the Ethiopian league compared to South Africa? And what African language would you like to learn ASAP?
The league in South Africa is different in terms of the level of competition, the facilities that are available and the standard of the playing fields. South Africa is lovely. I would like to learn a local language, like Zulu, so that it will help me communicate better with South Africans.
Thulani Shabangu
How do you find the culture at Sundowns and how is it different compared to other teams that you’ve played for before?
The coaching team and players (both seniors and juniors) have an amazing culture of respect. Everyone is committed and focused in terms of the level of work required to achieve our objectives which helps us improve our performance daily but when it's time to relax and have fun, everyone has a good sense of humor in the team.