Mayo looking beyond the PSL

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Richards Bay FC striker Khanyisa Mayo has his sights set on plying his trade abroad.

Usually the norm is for a National First Division player to progress to the PSL but that’s not the case with Mayo, the son of former Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United player Patrick Mayo.

Though the young Mayo has aspirations of playing in the PSL, he told FARPost that his priority is to get a contract overseas.

“My personal desire is to play in the PSL but the first one is to play overseas. Even my father didn’t get a chance to play overseas so I want to be the first in the family to get a chance to play overseas. I am working on that with my agent but it’s a work in progress,” said Mayo, who was named the Nedbank Cup Most Promising Player at the PSL Awards held recently.

The 22-year-old former SuperSport United and Chippa United junior player has tried his luck previously in Portugal and Spain but things didn’t go according to plan.

“I went overseas on trials twice. The first trial was in Portugal and it didn’t go the way I wanted it to go. The second trial I went to Spain and it didn’t go the way I wanted also but it was not a setback for me to worry and say I didn’t make it overseas. I told myself that it is motivation for me to keep on growing, do more and go further,” said Mayo, who managed to score nine goals last season helping Richards Bay to finish third on the NFD table.

As a youngster in junior ranks, Mayo showed great potential banging in goals in a classic case of the apple not falling far from the tree. His father was a potent scorer before being converted into a defender. Much was expected from Mayo, who led South Africa’s attack at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.

By now many thought the talented scorer should be rattling the net in the PSL.

“My career has gone the way I wanted, step by step. You know people have their own demands and goals. There have been talks that I should be playing in the PSL but if it’s not the right time, it’s not the time,” said Mayo.

In the immediate future, Mayo wants to be on the flight to Japan, where South Africa will do duty for the nation at the Tokyo Olympics.

“I also want to see myself going to the Olympics but if it is not meant to be it’s not meant to be. I can’t force anything,” he said.

He also revealed that his father is very much involved in his game “giving me heads up about what to expect in a match and just general motivation. I am grateful.” His brother Khanyisile Mayo, who was on the books of SuperSport United, is currently a free agent. While looking for a move overseas, he’s also looking out for his younger sibling.

“I am also trying to help him get a team.”

By Hosea Ramphekwa

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