|Full name||Phakamani Lungisani Mahlambi|
|Date of birth||12 September 1997|
|Place of birth||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2011–2013||Transnet School of Excellence|
|2015–||South Africa U23||7||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 October 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 October 2018
Phakamani Mahlambi (born 12 September 1997) is a South African professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Mamelodi Sundowns in the Premier Soccer League and the South African national football team.
Mahlambi started his professional career at Bidvest Wits. He made his debut for the side under manager Gavin Hunt during the 2014–15 season in a 2–1 win over Ajax Cape Town. He became a regular for the Premier Soccer League scoring crucial goals for the side. He scored a brace against Platinum Stars in a 4–0 win. He continued his rich vein of form by scoring another goal against Chippa United.
In February 2016, Mahlambi suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in a 2–1 win over Maritzburg United. He was ruled out for 10 months and as a result missed the remainder of the season and the chance to represented South Africa at the 2016 Olympic Games. Following the injury, Mahlambi required surgery to reattach the ligament in the knee. Doctors revealed that a strand from his hamstring would be removed to do so but indicated that such a procedure would likely have a negative effect his career. In order to avoid such a scenario, Mahlambi's brother, a trialist with Wits himself at the time, provided his own hamstring for the operation. He made his return from injury in December and scored a brace a league win over Free State Stars.
Mahalmbi signed a four-year contract with Al Ahly SC on 7 September 2017 for a reported fee of €R1.3 million. Upon joining the club, he became the first South African footballer ever to play in Egypt. Four days later, he scored a brace on his non-competitive debut for the club in a 6–0 friendly win over El Gouna. On 20 November Mahalambi made his first official debut in Egyptian Premier League against Ismaily SC in 2–0 win.Phakamani scored his first goal with Al Ahly against El Mokawloon on 8 February 2018.
He started his international career playing for the South African Under-23. He assisted the team to qualify for the Rio Olympics for the first time in 15 years. For South Africa to earn this achievement, Mahlambi scored a goal and assisted a further three. He scored the winning penalty in the third place playoff against the hosts Senegal.
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