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Al Ahly acquire Mahlambi from Bidvest Wits – 2017 CAF Champions League

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Al Ahly acquire Mahlambi from Bidvest Wits

Phakamani Mahlambi (L) and Kermit Erasmus

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 08, 2017. 12:00


South African international Phakamani Mahlambi has joined Egyptian giants Al Ahly on a long-term deal.

The 19-year-old forward has secured a move to Al Ahly from South African champions Bidvest Wits on a four-year deal.

Record eight-time African champions Al Ahly dislcosed that they had acquired Mahlambi’s services on their official website.

A club statement read: “Phakamani Mahlambi, signed for the first team of football club Ahly for four seasons starting from the next season 2017-2018 in the presence of Major General Sherine Shams Executive Director of the club and Dr. Essam Siraj Commercial Director and Contracting.

“Mahlambi was present at the club’s headquarters on the island Thursday evening and was present at the team which was held today at the stadium.”

The talented forward helped Wits win the 2016/17 ABSA Premiership title and 2016 MTN8 Cup trophy.

He represented South Africa at the 2015 CAF Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Senegal.

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Empoli acquire Ismael Bennacer from Arsenal – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 22, 2017. 15:00


English Premier League (EPL) club Arsenal have sold Algerian international Ismael Bennacer to Italian Serie B outfit Empoli FC.

The 19-year-old midfielder spent the second round of the 2016/17 season on loan at French Ligue 2 side Tours from Arsenal.

Bennacer, who is a former French youth international, has now signed a long-term deal with Empoli according to the club’s official website.

A club statement read: “The Empolis Fc announces that it has definitively acquired the sporting performance of footballer Ismaël Bennacer from the Arsenal Football Club. The player signed a contract until 2021.

“Bennacer is a French-born Algerian midfielder born in Arles on December 1, 1997. After his career in the youth sector of Arles-Avignon and his first team debut (January 2015), in the summer of 2015 he is bought by Arsenal.

“In January 2017 he loaned to Tours, where he played the second part of last season. In Italy, after playing with the French youth selections, in the summer of 2016 he chose Algeria where, on September 4 of the same year, he made his debut in the National Grand Prix.”

Bennacer made his debut for Algeria against Lesotho in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier in 2016.

The teenage sensation was also part of the Algeria squad at the 2017 AFCON finals in Gabon.

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