South African attacking midfielder Mihlali Mayambela is set to spend another season in Portugal, after SC Farense took the option to buy the Cape Town born winger outright.

Mayambela had spent the past season on loan at Farense from Swedish club Djurgardens, and the Portuguese had an option to purchase the player at the end of his loan, which they have now taken.

Mayambela says he is delighted to be staying at the club, whose president has South African roots. Mayambela, who is on holiday in South Africa at the moment, says Farense has always shown faith in him, so he is happy to continue the relationship.

The younger brother of Chippa United’s captain Mark says he feels at home at Farense, and it is important to have a stable environment as a professional footballer.

The 22 year old says he wants to keep improving this season, and build on 2018-2019, where he scored four goals in 32 appearances in the Portuguese Segunda Liga.

Having previously played over 50 senior games in the Swedish Superetten and Allsvenken leagues, Mayambela, who has never been part of any national youth team-set ups, says Portugal is very different to Scandinavia. – Report by Rob Delport