Ex-teammate reveals Gift Links’ success secret

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Former Platinum Stars goalkeeper Kabelo Dambe says it is no surprise that Gift Links continues to excel in Denmark, having spent six months with him at the Rustenburg outfit.

The Botswana international witnessed as Links was promoted to the senior team at Dikwena and credits the 22-year-old for his excellent attitude towards the game.

“I still follow him and I see he’s doing pretty well. When he arrived in the first team at Platinum Stars (in 2017) I was there and we spent six months together,” Dambe told FARPost from his Gaborone base.

He said for Links to have started his professional career playing for Platinum Stars at just 17, then to have toughened up as one of the few South Africans to have turned out in Egypt at just 18, playing almost all the matches for Alassiouty SC in his six months there, speaks volumes of his attitude.

In his first season at Dikwena, Links featured in 17 games – 12 in the PSL, and five in the Caf Confederation Cup at the age of 17.

“Like any other youngster who has a dream, he was a really nice guy and he was down to earth. You could tell young as he was that he knew what he wanted to achieve,” Dambe added.

After Alassiouty were sold and became Pyramids FC, Links returned home to turn out for Cape Town City. His full season at City under Benni McCarthy yielded five goals and the MTN8 Cup, earning him a move to Europe.

Links then moved to Denmark’s Superliga club Aarhus on the last day of the August transfer window of 2019. However, he struggled for game time in his first season making just four league and cup appearances. In his second season, Links turned on the heat.

He played 19 League games, scoring four goals and adding four assists. He now looks to continue from where he left off last season.

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By Mthokozisi Dube