After 4 years of working his way up the ranks in Germany, South African teenager Boipelo Mashigo has signed his first professional contract at SpVgg Unterhaching and yesterday the 17-year old was given his first professional league appearance in Bundesliga 3.
Mashingo came off the bench in the 46th minute for Unterhaching and played the rest of the second half as they lost 2-0 against Dynamo. Speaking to this publication a few months ago the winger said, “I think I have made a lot of progress in Germany especially in terms of getting closer to playing first team football although there is still a lot of work to be done. I can make the jump, but it’s been a good experience so far and every training session is good yet so hard. My goals for the season are to make an appearance for the first team and hopefully work myself into getting many more appearances for the senior team which plays at a very good level here.”
The winger will be pleased to have already achieved his objectives so early on in the 2020/21 season and will now push to play more games in the league as he continues his rise in Europe. The debut makes the attacker the youngest South African player to be playing senior football in Europe with most of his peers only playing reserve league and academy development football.
Mashigo left his homeland 4 years ago to pursue a career abroad after being scouted by the DFB Academy. Just a year after arriving at the academy, Unterhaching snapped him up and he has been harnessing his skills in the club’s youth ranks for the past three years.
He featured for the club in a 3-1 pre-season win against 1860 Rosenheim back in August and it seems he has now earned his place amongst the big boys at the higher table.
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By Prince Sobayeni