Mkhwanazi made his official debut in the black and white colours during their Absa league game at Ellis Park Stadium on Friday.
Mkhwanazi, promoted by Bucs’ development side earlier this season, and young defender Happy Jele won special praise from coach Owen Da Gama after their showing against Phunya Sele Sele.
“I believe in working with youngsters and the performance of Jele and Mkhwanazi was excellent,” Da Gama said after the game.
Mkhwanazi told Kick Off that he was grateful that the coach had shown faith in his ability and that it motivated him to continue working hard.
“I thought I would only be on the bench but when the coach announced that I was part of the starting line up, I couldn’t believe it. I got support from the senior guys in the team and that calmed down my nerves. After that I gained confidence as the game progressed.”
Meanwhile, Bloemfontein Celtic coach Khabo Zondo said his side never performed as expected on Friday.
“We were never in the game and failed to play as a professional team. We were poor in both defence and attack. However, we will take the result as a wake up call and I will expect a better showing in our next game,” he adds.
Phunya Sele Sele meet high-riding AmaZulu in the Telkom knockout at the Absa Stadium in Durban on Thursday.