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Mahlambi: I Had To Leave

Phakamani Mahlambi says he knew straight after his conversation with Manqoba Mngqithi that he would be surplus to requirements at Mamelodi Sundowns.

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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.

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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

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