The 20-year-old is making progress with Egyptian giants Al Ahly, who tonight open their CAF Champions League group stage campaign against North African rivals Esperance in Alexandria.
Mahlambi joined Ahly from Bidvest Wits in September last year.
"Egypt is a stepping stone to Europe," Mahlambi tells the May edition of KICK OFF Magazine.
"Look at the players who played in Europe - it's easy for them to play in Europe.
"Everyone wants to play in Europe, and many of their scouts come to Egypt.
"Coming here is a good thing. If you are in a comfort zone it gets too comfortable and you are not going to learn anything."
Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has named Mahlambi in his preliminary COSAFA Cup squad.
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