Chippa to release wayward Phakamani Mahlambi?

On loan to the Chilli Boys from Sundowns, the talented Mahlambi’s troubles off the pitch are well documented.

Phakamani Mahlambi of AmaZulu challenged by Keena Philips of Supersport United during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 match between Supersport United and AmaZulu at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria, on 20 January 2021 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Chippa United are understood to be looking to pull the plug on Phakamani Mahlambi, who joined the club on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns.

Mahlambi’s troubles off the pitch are well-documented as he fell out of favour at Downs and was loaned out to AmaZulu, where head coach Benni McCarthy froze him out and described him as a player who takes his job for granted.

His career looked to be on the rise again when he reunited with Gavin Hunt and the Chilli Boys as it was the veteran mentor who introduced him to top-flight football at the now defunct Bidvest Wits. Phakaaathi has been told that the former Al-Ahly player is back to his old ways and Hunt is allegedly unhappy and might release him from his team.

MAHLAMBI WAS AN EXCITING PROSPECT AT WITS

Mahlambi burst on to the seen as an exciting young winger at the now defunct Bidvest Wits. His performances for the club saw his name on everybody’s lips in the South African football fraternity. It was then not long until he was linked with every top club in the DStv Premiership but then shocked many by deciding to take the road less travelled by joining Egyptian giants Al Ahly. 

Mahlambi did not last very long at Al Ahly in Egypt, and after a rather unfruitful spell, he found himself back in the country with Sundowns snapping him up. Despite showing flashes here and there, Mahlambi was never really able to cement himself into the Brazilians starting line up. 

OFF FIELD ISSUES HAVE SEEMED TO DERAIL HIS PROGRESS

Most of his failures at Sundowns were attributed to his off field antics, which former coach Pitso Mosimane, had kept on eluding too during his tenure at Chloorkop. Last season Mahlambi was shipped off to Amazulu on a loan spell that was intended to revitalise his stagnating career under the guidance Benni McCarthy. Unfortunately for Mahlambi he suffered more of the same fate at Amazulu, with not even the presence of McCarthy proving effective. It was thought that, it was again, off field issues that reared their ugly head, as he struggled to make any sort of impact at all at Usuthu. © The Citizen 

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