Mahlatse Makudubela believes that he has what it takes to take his game to the next level despite a rather slow start at Chippa United.

“Skudu” as Makudubela is widely known in football circles joined the Chilli Boys in July on loan from Orlando Pirates.

He was impressive in the Premier’s Cup when he came in as a substitute, but found it difficult to break in the starting line up when the season started.

Head Coach, Teboho Moloi handed him his debut away to Golden Arrows, and the Polokwane-born midfielder says he is looking forward to get more opportunities in the the team.

“It was such a great feeling to finally get some game time.

“I had one or two opportunities to score, but I could not, and I know that with confidence I will do more for the Team,” said Makudubela speaking to chippautdfc.co.za after a morning session at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Makudubela who worked with previous coach Dan Malesela at Mamelodi Sundowns development, said he is already enjoying working with the current coach, Teboho Moloi.

“In football you will never stop learning, and I am learning a lot from the current coach.

“I am excited to be down here in Port Elizabeth to continue with my development, it’s been a long time coming, ” he said with a smile.

“A while ago the Chairman  (Siviwe Mpengesi ) and Mr Koutroulis (General Manager) asked me to come join the team, but it did not happen, and when an opportunity was presented to me to come, I did not think twice.

“My decision was made easier because I knew Coach Dan, and also liked the brand of football Chippa United is playing,” he continued.

Makudubela lights up when he talks about winning titles; “I was part of the Platinum Stars side that won MTN8 and Telkom Cup, and what a feeling that was.

“I now share the same goal as Coach Teboho for this team to win something and go on to play in Africa.

“We can achieve this, and I want to make a contribution towards the success of this Club.

“Skudu” added that he is loving life in Port Elizabeth, ” I have enjoyed every moment since my arrival.

“The Family environment at the Club has helped me settle easily,  and now it’s up to me to learn and take my game to the next level,” concluded Makudubela.