Not too many young players manage to produce great performances in football week after week, because of pressure and hype.
But Langlihle Mhlongo who plays for Ethekwini Coastal FC in the ABC Motsepe KwaZulu Natal League has been the talk of the town in the league for some months.
The 20-year-old already has some honors under his belt including Coca-Cola National Schools League U15, Engen Knockout Challenge, Kay Motsepe National Schools League and MC Donald National Schools League in amateur football, having started playing at school.
The KwaMashu-born player has managed to stay calm and give excellent performances for his sides.
He revealed to FARPost that his style of play is based on being comfortable and confident on the ball like Mamelodi Sundowns star Themba Zwane, though Orlando Pirates play the most interesting football for him.
“My coach once told me that nothing beats confidence in life, no matter how strong is the opposition, if I have the ball in my feet no one can take it.
“Also, if I’m confident I’ll make it against any opponent on the pitch. I look up to Themba Zwane, but I prefer Orlando Pirates’ style of play. They play attacking football and in the final third they are dangerous,” said Mhlongo.
The attacking midfielder is very clear about what he wants and he knows what is required from him to achieve his goal.
“I came to Ethekwini Coastal FC so that they can help me fulfill my dream of becoming a professional player.”
“In the next five years I would like to play overseas and I know that I have to work hard and improve my game,” added Mhlongo.
The former Durban FC player has already caught the eyes of two GladAfrica Championship coaches, who would like to invite the player for training during pre-season.
Seemingly, he is destined for grateness because of his attitude and work ethic.
Should he continue his good form, he might realise his dream of playing professional football sooner, since his coaches have reiterated to FARPost that they allow players to leave should they be approached by teams from professional leagues.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter