Phakamani Mahlambi getting good experience with Al Ahly
Posted: 5 October 2017 Time: 18:30
Former Bidvest Wits forward Phakamani Mahlambi still dreams of playing in Europe, but right now he's enjoying the experience of playing for Africa’s biggest club Al Ahly.
Mahlambi made the surprise move to North Africa, leaving Bidvest Wits in a move that made him the first South African to play in Egypt.
Mamelodi Sundowns were willing to pay big money for the youngster who has been called up to the Bafana Bafana squad for the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Burkina Faso on Saturday, but he chose to make a brave move which will no doubt benefit his career.
“Everything is good. It’s a good experience for me to play in Egypt. I am really enjoying myself that side, so I don’t think it’s a problem,” he said this week while in camp with Bafana Bafana.
“As a person you always have to look at some new challenges. I thought if I can start a new life somewhere it would be great for me. Al Ahly is a big team, so it was easy for me to go there and I know I am going to become a better player. Winning titles, that’s what I want. It’s everyone’s dream [to play overseas], so yes I do.”
Mahlambi is a good attacking option for coach Stuart Baxter, because of his pace and ability to eliminate an opponent with his skills.
He stressed the importance of staying focused against the Burkinabe who have some dangerous men such as Bertrand Traore in their attack.
“Obviously it’s a great honour to be here. I think for me it’s a good thing and for the other guys as well who have been called up. The only thing we have to focus on is working hard to achieve what we want to achieve.“