Despite only recently turning 20, South African midfielder, Lebohang Phiri, made his 50th competitive Brondby IF appearance over the weekend as they beat Odense 2-0.
Phiri, a graduate of the Bidvest Wits academy, left South Africa as a teenager after being spotted during one of Brondby’s trips to Mzansi, scoring the vital goal in 2013 that kept his side in the top flight.
Now, since signing a four-year deal back in June 2013, Phiri has solidified his spot as a first team regular with the Danish giants, featuring in 19 of their 21 league games so far this season. His 50 appearances came in the form of 45 Superliga games, two UEFA Europe League and three in the Danish Cup.
Having grabbed his half-century in the win over Odense on Saturday, Phiri says that it is all a result of hard work and dedication.
Speaking to the Siya crew about his achievement, the midfielder said, “Playing my 50th match at professional level shows how far one can go with hard work.
“There’s nothing more to reaching such a milestone at the age of 20 other than staying rooted, keeping focused on your ultimate dream, setting goals for yourself and being disciplined enough to stay on the path you’ve set.
“I honestly believe that you have to respect both yourself and those around you, because at the end of the day I wouldn’t be where I am without them.
“Above all of that though, I have to give praise to the Lord. All of this is a blessing from above.”
Phiri, who turned 20 in November, is being touted as one of the most talented young players in Denmark at present, and could be set for big things if he carries on developing at his current rate.
With 12 games left to play this season, Phiri’s Brondby are three points off a spot in the Europa League, though the league title looks out of reach as Midtylland are currently 19 points clear of them.