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Phakamani Mahlambi’s move from Bidvest Wits to Al Ahly will go down as one of the biggest in South African history, with the 19-year-old having completed his move this evening in Cairo.

Mahlambi has impressed for Gavin Hunt’s side since breaking into the first team in 2015, and the teenager helped the Clever Boys claim their maiden Premiership title last season.

The South Africa international was invited for a trial with Vitoria Guimaraes during the off-season, but failed to earn a move to Portugal.

Al Ahly subsequently came in with an offer and announced his capture before the Egyptian transfer deadline closed on Thursday.

Wits, who gave the teenager his professional debut, also wished him well after the move was finalised, saying, “Good luck, and do us proud”.

While Egyptian reports had stated that the transfer was worth around $1.3m (R17m)  have been told that Al Ahly have paid the Clever Boys substantially more, with the figure believed to be over R20m ($1.5m) and could potentially rise to up to R30m with add-ons.

It remains to be seen whether the teenager will be make his debut this weekend.


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