Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt confirmed the news to Phakaaathi yesterday.
“It is a huge blow,” said Hunt.
“We lost Papy Faty and now we have lost him (Mahlambi) for the whole season.”
The 18 year-old striker has sprung into the limelight at Wits this season and played a key role in qualifying South Africa for the Olympics, scoring the winning penalty in the third-place play-off against Senegal at the Caf Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations.
Recovery time from an ACL tear is listed at between six and nine months, which leaves Mahlambi in a race against time to be fit for the Olympics, which start in August.
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