JOHANNESBURG, July 28 – Bidvest Wits’ exciting teenage striker Phakamani Mahlambi appears to be closing in on a move to Portuguese top flight club Vitoria de Guimaraes.
Mahlambi featured for Vitoria de Guimaraes in a 3-0 friendly win over Sporting on Wednesday night, coming off the bench to help create their final goal.
He played alongside another South African-born player, Bafana Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu, who made a significant impact in Portugal last season and has been linked with a move to one of Europe’s bigger leagues.
Another South African, Haashim Domingo, is also currently at the club, where Pretoria-based businessman Mario Ferreira is a shareholder.
Wits CEO Jose Ferreira accepted that the PSL champions are set to lose the South African Young Player of the Season for 2017, who despite some serious injury problems, has lit up the local football scene with his blistering pace, skill and goal-scoring prowess.
Indeed, as the Clever Boys boss explained to the Sowetan, Vitoria were prepared to sign the 19-year-old without him even going on trial.
“But we insisted that they look at him first because we don’t want a situation where they sign him‚ then they discover they don’t like him, or he doesn’t fit into the coach’s plans and he sits not utilised‚” he said.
Ferreira added that there has also been interest from English Premier League outfits Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, and said that with the kind of money being spoken about, the Johannesburg-club will have little option but to let their prized asset move on.