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Mayo Ready To Leave His Own Mark

New Cape Town City striker Khanyisa Mayo says he does not only want to live up to the Mayo legacy he’s father Patrick built, he wants to take it further.

Mayo, the reigning Nedbank Cup Most Promising Player of the Season, made the move to City from Richards Bay at the end of last season.

The Gqeberha-born forward, who started in City’s first two games of the season, their 2-1 MTN8 win over AmaZulu and the 0-0 draw with SuperSport United, was interviewed by Rob Delport in the latest edition of iDiski Times

“Like, to be honest with you, like the pressure is always there because you have to live up to the Mayo surname,” Mayo told iDiski Times

“Look, my father put it out there, you know, we have to live up to that. 

“But for me, it’s more than like, going more further like than my dad because he didn’t manage to play in Europe, he managed to get more than 100 caps in the Premier League, in the PSL. 

“So I wanted to go more further than that.”

Mayo, who turns 23 next week, has also expressed his hopes of doing enough to earn a Bafana Bafana call-up in the future.

The former junior international is also motivated by new Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos’s intentions of selecting a younger team

“Today’s football, most of the national teams are dominated by youngsters, you know,” he continued. 

“Check out the English National Team, the likes of (Marcus) Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka, Declan Rice, all these youngsters that are coming up and then putting out the work. 

“So it makes it easier for maybe the head coach of Bafana to say, okay, let’s try build something, what some other national teams are doing, you know, and bringing up the youth, the youngsters, that have more energy and are willing to work, you know.”

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You can read the full interview with Khanyisa Mayo in the latest edition of iDiski Times – out now.

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.