Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Solomon Mathe believes 19-year-old sensation Relebohile Mofokeng should seize the opportunity to move to Europe.

Mofokeng, who has been a standout performer for the Buccaneers this season, is a strong contender for the Young Player of the Year award.

Since making his debut last season, Mofokeng has been a key player for coach Jose Riveiro, consistently delivering impressive performances. His talent has not gone unnoticed, attracting interest from prominent European clubs, including Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers and English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Mathe, drawing parallels with South African football legends Steven Pienaar and Aaron Mokoena, advocates for Mofokeng’s move abroad. “I think he has done well this season, and if an opportunity from overseas arises, he needs to go,” Mathe told Soccer Laduma. 

“Remember when Steven Pienaar left for Ajax Amsterdam, he was still young and became a household name. Aaron Mokoena did the same. So, he must go now and grow as a player. He will succeed because he is a clever player.”

Mathe further emphasized the benefits of an early move abroad, suggesting it could shield young players from distractions that might hinder their development. 

“It’s good when you leave while still young, as there is a lot that you avoid in the country which can derail your growth. So, I would say he should leave now.”

This season, Mofokeng has scored three goals in 22 league appearances for the Pirates. His contributions have helped the team secure the MTN8 title, and he has a chance to add another trophy to his collection in the upcoming Nedbank Cup final against Mamelodi Sundowns.

Siphiwe Tshabalala, a legend of Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs, echoed Mathe’s sentiments, endorsing Mofokeng’s potential move to Europe. “Rele is young, very talented, and I am glad that he is getting game-time in a big team and also influencing games,” Tshabalala told KickOff. 

“I would advise players to go abroad when the opportunity arises. We must have higher aspirations; South Africa is not the ceiling.”

As the Nedbank Cup final approaches, it could potentially mark Mofokeng’s last game for Pirates before making a potential move to Europe. The young midfielder’s future looks promising, and a successful transition to European football could see him follow in the footsteps of South African greats who have excelled on the international stage.