Mayo relieved after Amajita debut
Posted: 11 July 2018 Time: 16:00
Amajita midfielder Khanyisile Mayo has expressed his relief at finally breaking out of the shadow of his older brother and father.
The Mayo family have now welcomed a third national team representative in 18-year-old Khanyisile, who made his national Under-20 debut last weekend.
The left winger is a year younger than his brother Khanyisa, who has represented the U-17 and U-20 national teams thus far, and is the son of former Bafana Bafana international Patrick.
The brothers are currently both on the books of SuperSport United, with their father having also played for the same club before moving to Kaizer Chiefs as a utility player.
Khanyisile, meanwhile, has reflected on his maiden international appearance as he came on as a second-half substitute in Amajita's 3-3 friendly draw against Zambia on Sunday.
“I’m so happy to have played my debut match, especially against a side such as Zambia,” Mayo told SAFA.
“I almost scored a goal in that match, which would have been a bonus to the perfomance I gave in that game. I worked very hard and I’m very thankful to coach Thabo [Senong] and the technical team for the opportunity to play.
“I’m also very pleased with how I played because I believe I contributed in changing the tempo of the game. It got a bit faster when I came in and I’m very pleased with that.”
Having witnessed Khanyisa follow in the footsteps of his father in acquiring his international colours, Khanyisile playfully referred to himself as the 'black sheep' of the family prior to representing the country.
“Yes, I did [speak to brother and father], and they were very happy for me, especially my dad," he said, when asked if he contacted his family after his debut.
"He [Patrick] told me that I must just continue working really hard and making him proud. And that was a big moment for me, because I was like, ‘Yes! I’ve finally stopped being the black sheep in the family'."
Amajita's next task is an all-important final round AFCON U-20 qualifier against Malawi, with the first leg set for the Moruleng Stadium on Sunday, before the return leg will be played away a week later.