Phakamani Mahlambi is tackled by Happy Jele of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits on 15 February 2017 at Orlando Stadium ©Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Thursday Jan 25, 2018. 12:00
South African giants Orlando Pirates have made no contact to bring Al Ahly forward Phakamani Mahlambi to the club in the current January transfer window.
This is according to the player’s agent Glyn Binkin, who spoke to South African football website FAR POST.
“Pirates haven’t contacted me at all. I haven’t spoken to Pirates over Mahlambi. The player too, has not been contacted by the club,” Binkin said.
On Tuesday, reports indicated that Pirates were keen to sign the South Africa international on loan from Egyptian giants Al Ahly.
However, Binkin disclosed that there have been clubs who have contacted him regarding the availability of the player.
“So, you know that’s where it is at the moment. There are a number of clubs who have contacted me and Pirates is not one of them,” he said.
The 20-year-old was surprisingly left out of the club’s 22-man squad for their Caf Champions League campaign this year and his agent has stated that the player is available on loan.
“He went there at the end of August and he missed the first two league games, because his international clearance wasn’t through yet, and after that they had 10 African club games and he was already cup tied because he played for Wits (in Caf) already. So, he wasn’t able to play for them. So, he’s sort of 12 games behind everybody,” Binkin said.
“So, when they started playing league games again around November, he was far behind everybody else in terms of match fitness. They do like him and they think he’s got a fantastic future, but at the moment they want him to get game time, because he’s lacking in that space at the moment,” he concluded.