Richards Bay FC coach Simo Dladla has heaped praise on rising star Khanyisa Mayo, who has been having a splendid this season.
Mayo, the son of former SuperSport United striker Patrick Mayo, has taken the GladAfrica Championship by storm, scoring and assisting for his side.
“Mayo is a star, he is someone very special and his attitude towards other players and everybody is that of a young man who is destined for good things, he is humble and working very hard”, said Dladla.
He is concerned about the young player being a target of rough tackling from opponents and believes officials are not doing enough to protect him.
“It has been unfortunate that he has found himself on the other end, he is targeted by other teams, they want to kick him out of the field. Even before the Chiefs game (in the Nedbank Cup), he was not himself, he was not 100% fit because of the time now he has to spend on the doctors table”, continued Dladla.
The Natal Rich Boyz mentor vividly remembers one game where Mayo endured tough times as he was kicked out of the match. “You could have seen the game against Pondo Chiefs, they were brutal you know and to see these things in football it’s really bad because it takes us back to amateur football where anything goes and these players are not protected by officials which is very disappointing.
“But yeah he is one for the future, he is someone very talented I think he should be playing in the big league, that’s why I’m pushing him everyday to take us to the big league so that he can enjoy himself,” concluded Dladla.
Mayo has scored five goals in the league so far and two in the Nedbank Cup.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter