Absa Premiership

Hunt wants Mahlambi to make his name in Europe

2017-08-08 21:57
Phakamani Mahlambi (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt admits Phakamani Mahlambi's departure would be a loss to his team, but hopes the young striker forges a successful career abroad.

The 19-year-old Bafana-capped forward is currently on trial at Portuguese Primeira Liga side Vitoria Guimaraes, the same club where former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Bongani Zungu plies his trade.

Hunt conceded that he would welcome having Mahlambi back at the Clever Boys, but ultimately feels the youngster needs to make the most of the opportunity to continue his career overseas.

"I don't want it him to come back. No, I do want him to come back, but you know what I'm trying to say," he told KickOff website.

"I want him to have a career in Europe, make a name for himself and look after his family. I do want him to come back (to strengthen the team) but I hope he doesn't come back."

Hunt believes Zungu's presence could be a key factor in helping Mahlambi make the transition to Europe.

"Culturally, football-wise, how they play and the demands that have been put on him is (greater). I said to him, 'You thought I was tough, wait until you go and play in Europe my friend, and you're a foreigner'.

"He's struggling with that but he's played one or two friendlies and he's doing well. Zungu is a big help for him, so long may it continue."

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