Former Bidvest Wits attacking teenager Phakamani 'Sprinter' Mahlambi has penned a four year deal with the Egyptian giants Al Ahly.
That makes him the first South African to play his trade in the famous Egyptian league, and the first to don Africa’s most successful club’s jersey.
After his unsuccessful move to the Portuguese club, Vitória de Guimarães, where he was trying his luck, the youngster has finally found a new home in the North African region.
This is the start of more good things to come for SA football as the former Cape Town City captain, Lebogang Manyama, also signed a deal with Turkish side Konyaspor, the former club of May Mahlangu.
If we can continue to export five to seven players per season, that can be an achievement for our football. As the Soccer Laduma loyal readers and the entire football fraternity in the country, we wish all our European based players a successful 2017/18 season and the best luck to their clubs.
If our best players can move to Europe, that is an opportunity for the fringe players to shine.
*This article was written by a Soccer Laduma reader and reflects their opinion, not that of Soccer Laduma.