Cape Town - Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has released Phakamani Mahlambi to represent South Africa at the under-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Zambia.
Hunt had initially held back the 19-year-old marksman from travelling with his team-mates to Zambia last week, citing Mahlambi's importance to the Clever Boys' league challenge.
Mahlambi came off the bench in the last two games, a 5-0 midweek win over Baroka FC, and a 2-0 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday evening, before Hunt finally decided to release the player.
The news was confirmed on Twitter by Mahlambi's agent, Glyn Binkin.
"Thanks to Bidvest Wits and coach Gavin Hunt for allowing (Mahlambi) to join the Under 20 team for U20 AFCON. I know he will make you proud," Binkin stated.
Mahlambi missed South Africa's first game, a 3-1 victory over Cameroon on Monday night, courtesy of a hat-trick from Luther Singh.
He could potentially miss league games against Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United.
The Students are set to play Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League first round on March 11, while the AFCON U20 final is scheduled for March 12.