Absa Premiership

Mlambo took NFD setback in his stride

2017-03-07 14:55
Xola Mlambo (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bidvest Wits midfielder Xola Mlambo says it was a 'blessing in disguise' when he was released by National First Division side Cape Town All Stars. 

Mlambo was at All Stars under coach Dan Malesela at the start of last season. But he was released by the second tier side shortly after Malesela departed for Chippa United.

Mlambo then joined his former coach at the Eastern Cape club shortly after that and soon became a key player for the Chilli Boys, looking very much at ease in the top-flight.

His form caught the eye of Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt and a move followed to Johannesburg ahead of the current season.

"Being released by Cape Town All Stars was a blessing in disguise," the central midfield schemer told The Star.

"If I didn't take it as a man, I wouldn’t be where I am now. I have to be grateful to the people who gave me the opportunity after I had a setback. 

"They believed in me and gave me an opportunity to continue in my career because they saw potential in me. I think that I didn't disappoint, which is why I am where I am now."

The 25-year-old, who will face his former club when the Students clash with Chippa on Tuesday night at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium, is also looking forward to his team's upcoming Champions League tie against African giants Al Ahly - the first leg game is in Cairo on Saturday.

"We have players who have been in the game for some time, players who have faced Al-Ahly before, looking at the likes of Daine Klate, Moeneeb Josephs and Sifiso Myeni," Mlambo explained. 

"They have been there. They make everyone's job easier. They have shared their experiences with all of us. It will be a good experience to go to Al-Ahly and I am sure whoever will be left behind will be disappointed," he added.

Read more on:    bidvest wits  |  psl  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Friday, 19 January 2018
Wits v Bloemfontein Celtic, Bidvest Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 20 January 2018
Cape Town City FC v Ajax Cape Town, Cape Town Stadium 15:30
Free State Stars v Maritzburg United, Goble Park 15:30
Mamelodi Sundowns v Platinum Stars, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 18:00
AmaZulu FC v SuperSport United, King Zwelithini Stadium 20:15
Orlando Pirates v Polokwane City, Orlando Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 21 January 2018
Chippa United v Golden Arrows, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:30
Baroka FC v Kaizer Chiefs, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

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


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

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