Phakamani Mahlambi says he knew straight after his conversation with Manqoba Mngqithi that he would be surplus to requirements at Mamelodi Sundowns.
The 23-year-old attacker joined AmaZulu on transfer deadline day this Monday in a season-long deal and was unveiled by his new club the very next day.
Speaking to the media on his fresh start, Mahlambi revealed that he had a discussion with joint head coach Mngqithi on the way forward.
“I had a conversation with coach Manqoba,” he said.
“He told me and explained everything and I could understand (his reasons) and it was then my intention to leave and get back to playing again. I want people to see the Phakamani that they all know.”
Mahlambi joined Downs two years ago, signing a five-year contract after he was bought from Egyptian giants Al Ahly for a whopping R13-million, but he has not quite lived up to expectation at Chloorkop.
Al Ahly had recruited him from Bidvest Wits for around R28-million following his breakthrough season with the Clever Boys.
His lack of game-time would have also hurt his chances of making the Olympic squad for next year’s Games in Tokyo.
“If I stayed at Sundowns, it was clear that I wasn’t going to play,” said Mahlambi.
“I wasn’t going to be selected for the national team. So I had to find a way of me getting game-time so that the national team coach can be able to select me again.”
Story by @superjourno