Absa Premiership

Khanyisa Mayo, a star in the making

2014-10-09 15:38
Khanyisa Mayo in action for Chippa United (supersport.com)

Cape Town - Chippa United and national under-20 striker Khanyisa Mayo finally got off the mark in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge when he netted a brace in a 6-2 win over Free State Stars last weekend.

Read: MultiChoice Diski Challenge Team of the Week

According to the supersport website, the 17-year-old, who is the son of former Kaizer Chiefs star Patrick Mayo, had not been able to replicate the form he produced to help Amajita qualify for the African Youth Championships. He scored two goals against Egypt in Cairo to seal the youngsters’ berth in the continental showpiece.

“The players he played alongside in the first two matches were not creative enough, in the last clash there was enough supply with William Twala on the field,” said his dad, who is the assistant coach at Chippa.

The senior Mayo, who also started as a striker before being shifted to a full-back position late in his career, added that there’s definitely still more to come from the youngster – who seems to be handling the pressure of having a famous dad very well.

“We currently focusing on improving him in every training session, he is our top striker – the team is relying on him. We expect him to score the chances the team creates. When we get scoring opportunities, he must bury them.”

When asked what goals has Khanyisa set for himself for the tournament, Patrick replied in a way a dad would be expected to – refusing to put any pressure on the young striker.

“We expecting him to improve in every game that he plays and every training - he is a national asset, it’s important that we work on his development,” he continued.

The Mayo family has another rising youngster Khanyisile, who plays as a left winger. They were both in the starting line-up last weekend and their dad said they combine very well on the field.

Fans will get a chance to see the young brothers in action this coming weekend at Tuks Stadium in Pretoria, where Chippa will play two matches in two days against Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu.

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