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Phakamani Mahlambi, once a beacon of hope for South African football, made a name for himself when he was promoted from Bidvest Wits’ DStv Diski Challenge in 2016.

Phakamani Mahlambi
Phakamani Mahlambi during his time at Mamelodi Sundowns.

His talent was undeniable, and his potential seemed boundless as he quickly became a key player for the team.

Historic Move to Al Ahly

In 2017, Mahlambi’s career took a historic turn when he signed with Egyptian giants Al Ahly, becoming the first South African to play in the Egyptian top flight.

This move was seen as a stepping stone to greater heights for the young midfielder.

Challenges and Discipline Issues For Phakamani Mahlambi

However, Mahlambi’s time at Al Ahly was short-lived, and he returned to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to join Mamelodi Sundowns in 2018.

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Despite his skill, his tenure was marred by discipline issues, which were noted by his coach, Benni McCarthy, during his subsequent time at AmaZulu FC.

A Career Unfulfilled For Phakamani Mahlambi 

With minimal impact at AmaZulu and a brief stint at Chippa United, Mahlambi has been without a club since July 2022.

His former teammate, Somila Ntsundwana, reflects on Mahlambi’s immense talent but also emphasises the importance of attitude and respect in the game.

Reflections on Attitude and Professionalism

Ntsundwana shares his insights, suggesting that while talent is crucial, the right attitude and surrounding oneself with honest people are equally important.

He draws comparisons with Themba Zwane, whose humility at an older age stands in contrast to Mahlambi’s approach during his peak years.

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