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Lebogang Phiri signs four-year Brondby contract

Posted: 2 July 2013 Time: 11:28

Danish outfit Brondby IF have extended the contract of young South African midfielder Lebogang Phiri after the Bidvest Wits youth prodigy excelled in his 18-month loan stint at the club.

The 18-year-old’s contract has been extend for a further four years.

Initially, Phiri joined the Copenhagen West side’s Under-19 team, but injuries and suspensions saw Phiri make the first team bench for four weeks before making his stunning debut on April 30.

Ever since then, Phiri has never looked back and also went on to score two crucial goals in his five appearances that also helped rescue the club from relegation.

The midfielder says he is glad he can finally call Brondby home.

“I am very honoured that Brondby has given me the chance and offered me this contract. It feels really, really good and I'm very proud that I can call Brondby my home.

“My future is now in place and I can focus on my football to become better every day. Last season’s finish was great for me, and I need to keep my feet firmly on the ground and working even harder for the new season. Through hard work comes success,” he tells the club’s official website.

“I would like to thank everybody in the team for the manner in which I’ve been treated. With their help, I’ve grown, and I owe them big thanks for that now I have signed a long contract.

“All the fans have also been incredible and have supported me and the other players through the hard times. I hope to serve the club in a great manner in the future. “

Brondby’s retiring sports director Ole Bjur, who played a huge role in Phiri’s move, has been extremely impressed with him.

“Lebo is undoubtedly a great talent and we are delighted that he will now be with us for four more years.

“I predict Lebo a great future if he can continue to be equally unimpressed and work just as hard and humbly with his development as a footballer. He has some footballing qualities that are very well developed for such a young player, and his head is screwed on quite right. He is what you would call football intelligent; he sees many things on the field before others.”

Sandile Mazibuko

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:40 am
Well done boy,put your head down and work.The next ten let it be about you putting everything in it,who knows you might end up being our only real superstar,SA is yet to see a real football superstar
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )
posted: 12:13 pm
Its a decent start for this guy. phiri,Ndlovu,Nthle,patosi,phakezele ,mokotjo , keet etc shouldnt even think of coming back to this rubbish PSL. They should hang in ther ,pay their dues and hopefully secure a move to leagues like serie A and La liga etc. Atleast they are brave and ambitious unlike that garbage punk Zandile Jali who thought he was the #### only to be firmly removed from BB by Furman.
Goodluck to all the youngsters in europe.
posted: 12:51 pm
Only if our junior national teams were active...
posted: 01:19 pm
from 3rd Ave Alexandra to greater heights wow!!! JUST STAY HUMBLE LEBZA NTWANA.
posted: 01:29 pm
I'm happy that most of our players in Europe at this moment are still under 23 years old.So with the right coach,we have a team for the future.
Darren Keet(23),Siyanda Xulu(21),Kgosi Ntlhe(19),Sive Phekezela(21),Ntuthuko Radebe,Ayanda Nkili(22)(18),Ndumiso Phakamani Mngadi.(18),Lebogang Phiri(18),May Mahlangu,(23),Tokelo Rantie(22),Thulani Serero(23),Kamohelo Mokotjo(22),Dino Ndlovu(23),
Tico MP
posted: 01:33 pm
jali will envy u boy
posted: 01:46 pm
please chief forward the list of young players to Gordon ,idon,t think national coach know so many young players in the countries, because even cosafa cup select old players
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 02:15 pm
lehongjan@gmail.composted: 01:19 pm | Report

from 3rd Ave Alexandra to greater heights wow!!! JUST STAY HUMBLE LEBZA NTWANA.
Gomora's Finest..
Arm Chair Critic
posted: 02:47 pm
Is he related to my hero Maimane Phiri? If so he will succed in Europe or ala Jabu Pule Mahlangu Siyasoko
saint T
posted: 06:13 pm
Mfana wa ko gomora!
morena wa bolo
posted: 09:19 am
Lets stop sending our boys to Denmark and this small countries. France is better as the first stop. Lebo is a great player he can play in Spain , he is so intelligent on the field.
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