May Mahlangu

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May Mahlangu
Mahlangu playing for Helsingborgs IF in 2012
Personal information
Full name May Sphiwe Mahlangu
Date of birth (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Secunda, South Africa
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
IFK Göteborg
Number 26
Youth career
2004–2007 Stars of Africa Academy
2004–2007 Alexandra United FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2013 Helsingborgs IF 98 (7)
2008–2009 IFK Hässleholm (loan) 16 (6)
2014– IFK Göteborg 22 (4)
National team
2012– South Africa 13 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 December 2013

May Mahlangu (born 1 May 1989 in Secunda, Mpumalanga) is a South African footballer who currently plays as an attacking midfielder for IFK Göteborg and the South Africa national football team.


Early career[edit]

Mahlangu joined the Stars of Africa Academy at age 15 and played for their team Alexandra United FC.[1]

Helsingborgs IF[edit]

Bo Nilsson was the manager of Allsvenskan club Helsingborgs IF in 2008 and through his connections with the academy he brought over Mahlangu to Sweden. Nilsson set it up so that Mahlangu would train with both Helsingborg and fourth tier club IFK Hässleholm each day, and that he would initially play league games for Hässleholm.[2][3] After impressing in the Swedish lower leagues Helsingborg decided to permanently make him a part of their squad in the summer of 2009.[4] In 2011 the club won the Swedish league and Mahlangu was given the player of the year award.[5]

IFK Göteborg[edit]

On 4 March 2014 Mahlangu joined Allsvenskan club IFK Göteborg on a one-year contract.[6]

International career[edit]

In January 2012 Mahlangu made his debut for the South Africa national football team in a friendly against Equatorial Guinea.[7] He was also included in South Africa's squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.[8]


Helsingborgs IF[edit]


  • Allsvenskan player of the year: 2011


  1. ^ "May Mahlangu". Stars of Africa Football Academy. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "May visade framfötterna". (in Swedish). Kristianstadsbladet. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Afrikanska diamanter slipas i IFK Hässleholm". (in Swedish). Skånskan. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mahlangu kan ersätta Landgren". (in Swedish). Helsingborgs Dagblad. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "May Mahlangu - Årets allsvenska spelare!". (in Swedish). Helsingborgs IF. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Mahlangu klar för IFK Göteborg" (in Swedish). IFK Göteborg. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "May debuterade i landslaget". (in Swedish). Helsingborgs IF. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Afrikanska mästerskapen för May Mahlangu". (in Swedish). Helsingborgs IF. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 

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