Having just burst onto the top-flight scene in January from Chiefs' MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC) side, Mashiane has already earned a lot of plaudits in the local football fraternity. Despite shooting to stardom at a young age, the Amakhosi gem maintains he's still a child, abiding by his parents' teachings.
"I am still the same Happy I was when I was still playing in the MDC [the reserve league]. I am a focused boy, who listens to his parents [Mable and Emmanuel Mashiane]," said Mashiane, who joined Amakhosi youth set-up from a Sandton-based academy called Future Trough Football.
"My mother always tells me to be mindful of fame. She has made me understand that I am a role model now, meaning I must be disciplined on and off the field."
Mashiane has just recovered from a toe injury that sidelined him for several months. Featuring for the first time this season, the Tembisa boy played the last 10 minutes in Chiefs' 1-0 win over Baroka last month. "It feels good to be back. I hope to continue where I left off last season. People expect a lot from me, so I do not want to disappoint," said Mashiane, who impressed in all four matches he featured in in all tournaments last term.