Phakamani Mahlambi says PSL award has increased his appetite for success
Posted: 20 July 2017 Time: 15:55
Bidvest Wits winger Phakamani Mahlambi feels he still has plenty of room for improvement and welcomes the arrivals of Steven Pienaar and Daylon Claasen.
Despite being hampered by injury last season, Mahlambi managed to pick up the Absa Premiership Young Player of the Year awards at the annual PSL awards gala last week Monday.
The School of Excellence graduate managed to beat off stiff challengers in Golden Arrows midfielder Nduduzo Sibiya and Mamelodi Sundowns defender Motjeka Modise, by virtue of his six goals and six assists in just 13 league appearances.
"It was an honour to recieve the award. Credit must go to my teammates and especially the coach [Gavin Hunt] for believing in me after my injury," Mahlambi tells KickOff.com.
"All I can say is that I want to learn and improve from last season. Even though I played a few games I managed to score six goals and – it's not six assists, it's nine – I want to do more.
"I'd like to contribute more to the team and do more for our supporters."
The 19-year-old former Wits junior also believes the arrival of former internationals like Pienaar and Claasen will aid in his development and hopes to receive helpful advise to prepare him for a possible move abroad "in the near future."
"Obviously, those guys [Pienaar and Claasen] have been playing at the top level even before I knew I would be a professional one day, so them coming to Wits will be a great experience for me," admits Mahlambi.
"I look forward to learning some new things and maybe in the near future I can go overseas and I will know how to handle situations when I come across them."