Meet Bafana Bafana star Mihlali Mayambela and his partner Lauren Campbell.

Meet Bafana Bafana star Mihlali Mayambela and his partner Lauren Campbell.

The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 tournament is underway in Ivory Coast and all eyes will be on Bafana Bafana on Tuesday night when they face-off against Mali.

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One footballer who has made an impact in the South African national team is 27-year-old Mihlali Mayambela. The Cyprus-based midfielder, who plays for Aris Limassol, is former Orlando Pirates dribble wizard Mark Mayambela’s younger brother.

Bafana headcoach Hugo Brooks gave young Mayambela his debut against Sierra Leone in a friendly match in September 2022 where he netted in the country’s 4-0 thrashing of the West African country.


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“I think it was the only time I was nervous to play football. When you are dreaming about something and you know that there’s a possibility of you going out there and losing the opportunity forever, but I also knew that if I was doing what I was doing before I came here, then there’s a chance that I will have another chance and I will do well.

“Things went well, we won, most importantly and I think we performed well,” he about his debut at the time.

Mayambela was again included in the squad for the doubleheader against Liberia in March last year where he scored the winning goal away.

With the winger at the AFCON tournament, one of his biggest fans will be the woman who stole his heart, Lauren Campbell.

Born in SA, Campbell is in the property management industry. According to her Instagram, she holds a Bachelor of Accounting (Bacc). She is also an entrepreneur and a philanthropist.

Also based in Cyprus, Campbell and her footballer bae have been living their best lives.

Two months ago, the couple painted the Limassol city red as they celebrated Campbell’s birthday. The pair, who were dressed to the nines, somewhat channelled their inner Rihanna and A$AP Rocky.

Campbell wore a blue fur coat that matched the one worn by Rihanna at her 34th birthday in London in 2022, meanwhile, Mayambela sported an all-black outfit with Fendi O’Lock Loafers worth up to R19 300 according to My Lux Outlet.

It currently is not clear if the couple is married or engaged, however, Lauren is often seen wearing a ring on THAT finger.

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