Mahlambi On Bafana, And Stepping Out Of His Comfort Zone In Egypt
Phakamani Mahlambi On Bafana And Joining Al Ahly In Egypt
Phakamani Mahlambi says Bafana Bafana need to have a positive attitude going into this weekend’s crunch game against Burkina Faso, with the Al Ahly man targeting a win.
Check out Mahlambi in Bafana training in the gallery above
The 20-year-old recently became the first South African to make the move to Egypt, and while he has not yet made his official debut for Africa’s most successful club – because of their CAF Champions League campaign, he believes that this move will make him a better player.
Bafana take on the Burkinabe at FNB Stadium on Saturday in a must-win encounter, and Mahlambi is eager to take his chance if Stuart Baxter decides to make use of him.
He told the media, “Obviously it’s a great honour to be called up again. I think that the thing that we have to focus on is working hard in order to achieve what we want to achieve.
“It’s a big game with a lot of pressure, but we shouldn’t take that into our mind. It’s just a game of football, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. We need to go there with a positive mind, and we can for sure win the game.
“Getting a chance is going to be a great thing, and it’s up to me to work as hard as I can to get called again and make the nation proud.”
Meanwhile, as the youngster gets acclimatised to his new start in Egypt, he says that he felt it was time to step out of his comfort zone in order to become a better player.
When asked about his time in Egypt so far, he said, “Everything is good, I can say that it’s a good to play in Egypt. As a person, you always have to look at new challenges, and I thought that if I could move out of my comfort zone and start a new life somewhere then maybe it would be great for me.
“Al Ahly is a big team, so it was easy for me to go there. I know that it will make me a better player, and I can win titles. That’s what I want to do. All I can say about Al Ahly is their more professional… Wits are professional, but the stage is not the same.”
And his dreams of playing in Europe? Are they still present? “Obviously it’s everybody’s dream to play in Europe, so yeah.”