The Namibian player had successfully transitioned from a right-back position to a prolific striker under the coaching of Owen Da Gama. However, despite his deadly abilities on the field, there were still areas of Shalulile’s game that needed improvement. These deficiencies were exposed when he made a big-money move to Sundowns in September 2020, along with Mothobi Mvala.
During an interview with the Pitchside Podcast, Shalulile recounted his first day at Chloorkop, the training ground of Sundowns. He expressed his awe at the club’s star players and his nervousness about fitting in. He admitted to being shy and not tucking his kit into his boots, worrying about what the other players would think of him.
Shalulile observed the players on the field engaging in a training drill called rondo, which he had never experienced before. He acknowledged his poor first touch and scanning abilities, realizing that he had a lot to learn. The concept of a “half space” was unfamiliar to him, highlighting his lack of knowledge in certain tactical aspects of the game. Despite these challenges, he trusted in his faith and focused on finishing the training session and playing in an 11v11 match.
Since that initial experience, Shalulile has undergone tremendous growth and development as a player. Now in his fourth season with Sundowns, he has scored an impressive 84 goals in 137 appearances and provided 22 assists for the team.