Orlando Pirates star Xola Mlambo sees Baxter’s snub as a motivation

The tournament starts on December 19 at KwaMahlobo Sports Ground in Meadowlands and the final will be played on January 5.

It is contested by 40 clubs from across the country but mainly from Soweto.

“These games are always well attended and they helped me a lot in my formative years‚” Mlambo said.

So good has the soft-spoken midfielder with a knack for defense-splitting passes been this season that his mentor and former coach at Chippa United Dan Malesela even said that if he were Bafana coach he would not think twice about selecting the player.

“I don’t know if coach Dan said that statement because of the relationship I share with him or not‚” Mlambo responded.

“But knowing Dan and his honesty. And if he was Bafana coach‚ with the words he has said about me‚ I think he would have given me the opportunity‚” Mlambo said of the Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns legend‚ who is now head coach of First Division TS Galaxy.

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