Bongi Ntuli encourages Emiliano Tade to fight for a place at Mamelodi Sundowns


The Argentinian, who played a total of eight league games for Sundowns last season scoring one goal and providing one assist, has so far failed to make an appearance for The Brazilians this season.

Tade and AmaZulu striker Bongi Ntuli formed a deadly strike combination at Usuthu before the former left for greener pastures in Tshwane, and the South African has offered a few words of support.

"All I can say is he needs to continue working hard in training, he will get his chance and when he does he needs to take it with both hands," Ntuli tells

Ntuli, who moved to AmaZulu after failing to nail down a regular place in a star-studded Sundowns side, has scored all four goals for his team this season and will be looking to add another against his former team in the Telkom Knockout last 16 on Sunday (15h00).

"I can't take all the glory," he says.

"It's been hard work since day one and I have been fortunate enough to be playing with players who understand me. As a striker you are the one hired to finish off the good work that all the others put in."

The 28-year-old says it's not true that playing for so-called small teams helps lift the pressure off strikers who previously struggled in big teams.

"Not necessarily, playing for the so-called big teams and small teams... strikers are employed to score goals. If you don't you will be under pressure in any side you play for."

He also says he will celebrate if he happens to find the back of the net at Lucas Moripe Stadium this weekend.

"Obviously, like I do for any game. I honestly feel it's a matter of choice [not to celebrate], a decision one takes. Sundowns or not, this is cup football and my main aim is to assist the team in ensuring we progress to the next round.

"[Laughs] Any player loves to score against their former team, that we can't dispute, so scoring against them would be a great feeling."