Highlands Park celebrates being promoted during the NFD match against University of Pretoria on 06 April 2018. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG – One can think Highlands Park’s Siphiwe Mahlangu is being tacky when he says he is living his dream at the moment, but if you listen to how he explains the season he’s had, then you’d understand where he comes from.

Not only has Mahlangu relished the opportunity of playing for Highlands but he’s also ensured they return to the country’s elite league after just one season of playing in the second tier. 

The 22-year-old made his first dream come through when he signed for The Lions of The North in their maiden season in the PSL and his impressive form in their last three games of the reserve league were just a glimpse of what came this season. Hence, everyone revels about him in the NFD.

“Playing in the Diski Challenge was a dream come through for me,” Mahlangu gushed. “I’ve always wanted to play for a professional team. Highlands have been a team very close to my heart. I had a successful trial before but the deal didn’t materialise because of the agents’ quarrels.”

Under coach Owen Da Gama, the Vaal-born winger became a prominent figure with his analysis of the game, ability to turn up the heat when the chips are down and an eye for goal. Mahlangu reaped the fruits of his hard work by getting 25 games under his belt, providing four assists and scoring six goals so far.

Owen Da Gama coach of Highlands Park and Larry Brookstone during the NFD match against University of Pretoria on 07 April. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Owen Da Gama, left, during the NFD match against University of Pretoria on 07 April. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

“Everything that’s been happening to me this season has been like a dream, grootman,” he said, as he also explains the feeling of playing alongside Lindokuhle Mbatha, a player he grew up idolising. “When we won promotion, I even had to ask my brother to pinch me so that I can still feel whether I am dreaming or not, and when he did, I felt pain, and that’s when I realised this is a reality.”

If by chance the Tembisa-based club were to do the unthinkable and go all the way to won the PSL, he says he wouldn’t know the best way describe his feelings.

“If we were to win the PSL trophy, tjo, I don’t know how I’d react there,” Mahlangu said. “My parents would be very happy. I’ve already set a target for myself going into the new season; I want to win man of the match awards and trophies.”

Football is certainly something that runs in the Mahlangu family as his twin-brother Sipho plays for Polokwane City Rovers in the ABC Motsepe League.

Sipho has pushed Siphiwe by instilling a healthy scoring competition between them.

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