Did Phakamani Mahlambi leave Al Ahly for Mamelodi Sundowns at the right time?

Mahlambi has already bagged one goal against his former side, and Goal reflects on whether or not joining the Tshwane giants was the right move

Phakamani Mahlambi is arguably one of the finest talents to come out of the South African football factory in recent years.

However, many saw his return to South Africa as a regressive move considering that he was at one of the biggest teams on the continent in ,Al Ahly.

His time though at the Caf African Club of the Century was disappointing, with Mahlambi seeing little game time as he failed to win over the technical team and supporters.

Questions were asked regarding the 21-year-old’s ambition and his lack of desire, but the early signs following his move already look promising.

Phakamani Mahlambi PS

Although talented, Mahlambi has always been the raw deal and a club like Al Ahly is not necessarily known for nurturing players, they instead have given the best players on the continent a springboard to introduce themselves to rest of the world.

Also, with all due to respect to the current crop of Al Ahly players as Saturday’s 5-0 humiliation proved, the giants have fallen.

Al Ahly are not the same team they were back in the early 2000s and perhaps this Caf Champions League tie is the proverbial change of guard.

Mahlambi has joined a side, who are not only on the rise, but head coach Pitso Mosimane certainly knows how to polish rough diamonds.

His work developing the likes of Percy Tau, Bongani Zungu and Keagan Dolly among others is well documented.

Percy Tau and Keagan Dolly - Sundowns

The speedy former Bidvest Wits attacker will hope to follow a similar path and head to Europe but at the same time also pick up silverware at Sundowns.

While Mahlambi is still a bit-part player since joining at the beginning of the season, he is starting to find his footing and a home at Chloorkop.

Mosimane currently uses Mahlambi as a super-sub in a similar way that he did with Percy Tau during his initial years and the former has an opportunity to impress and really become the player he hoped to become when he signed for the Red Devils.

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Nonetheless, Mahlambi could soon have the world at his feet, it just depends on him and whether he is willing to take his opportunity.