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Phakamani Mahlambi: I know Egyptians are angry at me

Former Al Ahly player has talked about his return to Egypt ahead of the Pharaohs’ U-23 clash against South Africa.

Mahlambi joined Al Ahly in 2017 after an impressive run with South African side Bidvest Wits.

The 22-year-old then returned to South Africa a year later to join the 2016 CAF Champions League winners Mamelodi Sundowns.

After his move to Mamelodi Sundowns, Mahlambi faced his old club Al Ahly in the 2019 CAF Champions League’s quarter-final, where Sundowns beat the Red Devils 5-1 on aggregate.

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As Egypt’s U-23 team host South Africa this week, Mahlambi acknowledges that he will receive a hostile reception on his return to Egypt, saying: “I know it’s not going to be good [the reception].

“But that’s how life is. I even scored against them [Al Ahly, in the CAF Champions League] and I celebrated, and I know they’re angry at me [Egyptians].

Photo: Mamelodi Sundowns

“But that’s football, I have to do what I have to do. If they hate me, I don’t care because I’m still playing football and I’m enjoying myself playing for my country.

“They can’t stop me from playing, they might get angry in the stands, but I’ll be in the field playing,” Mahlambi concluded.

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