Salmon says the South African international is definitely one of the most gifted players to be unearthed in the country, but he needs to be guided towards the right direction.
“Phakamani is a good boy and has an amazing talent, but he must grow up in understanding football,” Salmon told Isolezwe.
The former Bafana Bafana striker is now tasked with developing and scouting for junior talent at Bidvest Wits and says the Brazilians forward will grow and become a better player.
“He can play football and we all know that, but he must be able to grab some skills and become a complete footballer. I am confident that will happen as he continues to play and as time goes,” he added.
“He was trained and developed at the (Transnet) School of Excellence before we signed him at Wits. That school has a good record of producing and developing raw talent,” continued the former NAC Breda striker.
This echoes Mosimane’s recent assessment of Mahlambi where he said that the former Al Ahly striker will need to be patient at Chloorkop before he flourishes into a top player.
“I think Phakamani is one of the players who can grasp things later than the other players. I mean everything he does comes from his mind, not that he has planned, but he does what he thinks at that time and that is how he plays,” concluded Salmon.
In addition, the South African U23 international has been included in David Notoane’s Olympics squad that is set to face Angola in a U23 Caf African Cup of Nations qualifier this weekend.