Mayambela reveals brotherly pressure at Chiefs & Pirates

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Mihlali Mayambela has revealed how the pressure of being Mark Mayambela's brother affected him during his time with Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

Mayambela currently plies his trade in the Portuguese second division with SC Farense, with whom he recently achieved the milestone of 50 league appearances for the club.

The 25-year-old has spent the last five years playing in Europe where he previously represented the likes of Académica de Coimbra, as well as Djurgårdens, Degerfors and Brage in Sweden.

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Prior to that, he was on the books of Cape Town All Stars, who he joined after brief spells in the development ranks of both Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

However, he struggled under the weight of expectation in Soweto and the pressure of trying to emulate older brother Mark, who at the time had burst onto the domestic scene with Pirates.

"To be quite honest with you, I started to really believe in myself in terms of football when I came back to Cape Town and signed with All Stars," Mayambela tells Kickoff.com.

"When I was at Orlando Pirates, I had some difficulty because of the expectations at the club and because I'm Mark's brother.

"Then I went to Kaizer Chiefs, and it was the same thing and because of the expectations, I wasn't playing football freely. But when I went to Cape Town, I was a bit wiser and a bit older."

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The younger sibling excelled during his time in Cape Town where his performances sparked his move to Djurgårdens in 2016, and he has forged an impressive career in Europe since.

He remains in touch with Mark from abroad and reveals that the pair enjoy a healthy competition between them that has its foundations rooted in support.

"It became a bit of a competition when I turned professional but it’s a healthy competition," Mayambela adds.

"We joke with each other about football, about who will score more goals, who will get more assists, who will have more Man of the Matches, things like that. It’s all just to push each other.

"Both of us have always dreamed to play in the same team together but, unfortunately, until now that hasn’t happened, but we have a healthy competition and we push each other, nothing more than that..."

This article is adapted from the full interview with Mihlali Mayambela in the December edition of Kick Off Magazine. The latest copy can be purchased online here or in store for R25 and includes more great content on Mayambela's time with Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, as well as his relationship with his older brother, Mark.

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