JOHANNESBURG — New Mamelodi Sundowns striker Cuthbert Malajila believes that a “one-game-at-a-time” attitude will be key to his new team achieving success in 2013-2014.
After finishing last season outside the top eight, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane went all out and bought a brand-new team, including the Zimbabwean marksman from Maritzburg United, where he netted 13 goals in 2012-2013.
On his Sundowns debut against Bloemfontein Celtic, the 27-year-old delivered a sterling performance — in the first half when he set up Bongani Zungu with a sliding pass, only for the former Tuks midfielder to hit the post.
And in the second half, Malajila scored with a brilliant volley after a pin-point pass from Teko Modise.
“I know everyone is talking about Sundowns trying to win the league title, but we need to take it one game at a time,” he told KickOff.com.
“It is too early to start saying Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates will give us a fight because there are 29 matches remaining. All the teams still have a chance and we need to take them very seriously. There’s a long road ahead of us.”
Malajila is in the best form of his career and despite facing competition from the likes of Katlego Mashego, Katlego Mphela and Richard Henyekane, he is likely to be Mosimane’s first-choice striker this season.
However, he refused to set targets for this season.
“How many goals do I want to score? I can’t say. I believe in myself, but I don’t have targets.
“The coach spoke to me after our camp in Limpopo and he told me exactly what he wants and he made it clear that his plans will depend on the opponents we will be facing.”