Mihlali Mayambela named match week 1 MVP in Cyprus after goal scoring debut

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Mihlali Mayambela has already won his first award in Cyprus after enjoying a goal-scoring debut late last month.

South African winger Mihlali Mayambela has hit the ground running in Cyprus where his performances in the opening two matches of the season have helped propel new club Aris Limassol to the top of the Cypriot First Division standings.

The 26-year-old, who joined the club on a free transfer from Portuguese side Farense at the start of the season, made a goalscoring debut against AEL late last month before featuring in the recent 5-0 victory over Olympiakos Nicosia, in which he recorded an assist.

You can see Mayambela's debut goal in the video below

His contributions during his maiden outing have since been recognised by the PA.S.P. who named him as the Most Valuable Player for the first week of the competition, an award bestowed in conjunction with Unicars & Volkswagen.

"Mihlali Mayambela will receive from PA.S.P. the MVP by Unicars & Volkswagen award of the 1st competition," the statement from the body said. 

"According to the analysis of all the actions that each soccer player does on the field, by the international InStat Scout platform, the Aris soccer player was evaluated with a 264 InStat index and was the best in performance on this particular matchday."

Mayambela saw off competition from Brazilian winger Marquinhos of APOEL Nicosia and Onomia's Argentine centre-back Balthazar Bernardi, among others, to walk away with the coveted award.

Scroll through the gallery below to see some of the SA stars who recently moved abroad

Tashreeq Matthews (Sirius IK, Sweden)
Tashreeq Matthews (Sirius IK, Sweden)
Kgaogelo Chauke (Exeter City, England)
Kgaogelo Chauke (Exeter City, England)
Lyle Foster (Westerlo, Belgium)
Lyle Foster (Westerlo, Belgium)
Lorenzo Gordinho (HB Koge, Denmark)
Lorenzo Gordinho (HB Koge, Denmark)
Mihlali Mayambela (Aris Limassol, Cyprus)
Mihlali Mayambela (Aris Limassol, Cyprus)
Lebo Phiri (Paris FC, France)
Lebo Phiri (Paris FC, France)
Kobamelo Kodisang (Moreirense, Portugal)
Kobamelo Kodisang (Moreirense, Portugal)
Khanya Leshabela (Crewe Alexandra, England)
Khanya Leshabela (Crewe Alexandra, England)
Thibang Phete (Al Bataeh, UAE)
Thibang Phete (Al Bataeh, UAE)
BONUS: Benni McCarthy (Manchester United, England)
BONUS: Benni McCarthy (Manchester United, England)
Scroll through the gallery to see some of the Sout
Scroll through the gallery to see some of the South Africans who have made moves abroad