Bafana Bafana

Mahlangu blow for Bafana

2013-07-23 10:25
May Mahlangu (Gallo)

Johannesburg - Midfielder May Mahlangu is facing a long layoff after suffering a serious injury during a training session with Swedish club Helsingborg, the SA Football Association said on Tuesday.

“It is always terrible when a Bafana Bafana player gets injured and is not available for selection," Bafana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund said in a statement.

"I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he is back in action soon.”

Mahlangu will undergo surgery on Wednesday for his Achilles tendon injury and is expected to be out of action for up to four months.

He will miss Bafana Bafana's clashes against Nigeria on August 14, in Durban, and Burkina Faso on August 17 in Johannesburg.

He will also be out of action for South Africa's crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier against Botswana in September. Mahlangu is sad that he will not take part in Bafana’s upcoming matches.

“I would have loved to be there to represent my country but circumstances alter cases. I have great confidence, however, that whoever is selected will do a good job,” Mahlangu said by statement.

“It will be sad watching from the sidelines, knowing you cannot help your team-mates, because we all want to see our country do well. The guys have my full support. What is important for me now is to focus on my recovery process.”

Mahlangu's contract with Helsingborg ends in December and he had hopes of moving to one of the bigger leagues in Turkey, England or France.

“It’s one of those things. Injuries are part of the game. I just have to be positive and get back on my feet," he said.

"Yes it is a setback, but it is not the end of the world, I must just take it one day at a time and not rush coming back as it might affect me in the long run.”

Mahlangu will start his rehabilitation in Sweden, immediately after the operation, and is expected to return home to continue his recovery.

Read more on:    bafana bafana  |  may mahlangu  |  soccer

Police arrest England star

2015-03-02 20:01


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Bafana Bafana have crashed out of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after losing to Ghana in their Group C clash in Equatorial Guinea. What should happen now?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.