"Kaka" Sifumba feeling blessed to be working under two Bafana Bafana greats

"Kaka" Sifumba feeling blessed to be working under two Bafana Bafana greats

Cape Town City teen sensation Luphumlo “Kaka” Sifumba says he’s blessed to be working under two former Bafana Bafana players in head coach Eric Tinkler and his assistant Lebohang Manyama and believes it will help his progression at the international level.

Sifumba burst onto the scene towards the end of last season, making his top-flight debut against Orlando Pirates only at the age of 17.

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 He had already made headlines in the Citizens’ youth teams and was hailed as one of the future stars.

 Already working with an African Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner and former Premier Soccer League (PSL) Footballer of the Year, Sifumba has the world on his feet. 

''He knows that I am a quality player, he demands that a lot - for me to create chances and assist the team to go forward. I know how blessed I am to be surrounded by them,'' said Sifumba.

Already this season, Sifumba has featured in nine matches in all competitions, an improvement from the three matches he played toward the end of last season.

These are signs of progress for the 18year-old under coach Tinkler and he believes that the future is very bright for him.

 ''My progress has been going well. As a player you need to grow, mentality, physically and in many ways,'' added Sifumba.

 When City brought in their former Manyama as an assistant to Tinkler, it was also a masterstroke as he had just retired and he’s someone many young players in the team can easily relate to.

Sifumba is also enjoying working with the former Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town attacker.

''Coach Manyama is a great coach, we learn a lot of things from him because he was a player too, we wish to be like him,'' concluded Sifumba.

Sifumba was one of the 46 players who were called up by newly appointed Amajita head coach Raymond Mdaka as he prepared a new squad that will represent the country in the next COSAFA tournament and AFCON U20 qualifiers.

With Amajita having last qualified for the AFCON U20 in 2019, Sifumba believes that this is the generation that can turn things around.