Mayambela completes loan switch in Portugal


South African winger Mihlali Mayambela has completed another move in Europe.

Portuguese Segunda Liga side Academica has signed the former Cape Town All Spurs forward on loan from SC Farense until the end of the season as he looks for regular game time.

Since returning from his loan with Israel side Bnei Yehuda at the start of the 2020/21 season, the winger has struggled to break into the Primeira Liga club’s squad this season.

Injuries have also been a major challenge for the 24-year-old as he came back from Israel nursing a knock and was sidelined from action for a few months. Academica currently sit in second position on the log with 31 points from the 15 games played so far in the league.

The club already have another South African in their ranks. Stars of Africa graduate Genino Palace signed for Academica from SC Braga at the start of the season and is currently playing with their U23 development squad.

Mayambela has struggled to play regular first team football in the past 12 months, at Yehuda he only managed to make seven Israel Premier League appearances scoring once. He will be hoping to get the much-needed game time in the second half of the season and return to Farense ready to compete for a spot in the first team.

Since moving to Europe back in 2016, the winger has played for several clubs. He initially signed for Djurgaden IF who sent him on two loan spells in the Swedish Superettan.

His first loan was to Degerfors where he scored seven goals in 29 league appearances and his second was to IK Brage where he netted two goals in 10 appearances. In 2018 he was loaned to SC Farense for a season with an option to buy.

After an impressive 2018/19 season he signed a long-term deal with the club.

The Cape Town-born forward might make his league debut when Academica travel to SL Benfica B in the on Saturday evening.

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By Prince Sobayeni

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