You’ve probably lost count of the number of footballers that have come through from the Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) to the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
More recently, AmaZulu promoted two players from their MDC team, forward Bayanda Shangase and goalkeeper Olwethu Mzimela.
The MDC has undoubtedly been a success since launching in August 2014 having seen the likes of Percy Tau, Lyle Foster, Happy Mashiane, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Tshegofatso Mabasa, Bongani Sam and many more use the platform to hone their skills and move up to the top division of SA football.
From there, they would be hoping to follow in Tau’s footsteps and move to Europe.
The good thing is the Reserve League has doubled the number of games to be played in from 120 to 240 this season, which means these players are better prepared should they receive a call-up to the senior team.
FARPost‘s Amahle Siphungu and Tiyani wa ka Mabasa select at least 10 players who could possibly land a move to the top league sooner rather than later.
Rahim Milazi (Kaizer Chiefs)
The 18-year old striker is certainly one player who has the talent of finding the back of the net and when he does it the goals come pouring. Milazi has scored a brace against several teams such as Chippa United, Bloemfontein Celtic and Golden Arrows.
This just goes to show that the youngster is lethal upfront and unlike many players who are more than happy to be on the scoresheet, scoring a brace in many of the matches suggests he’s always hungry for more.
Keegan Allan (Mamelodi Sundowns)
The defender has the special trait of not only being able to stabilise the team at the back and make those crucial tackles, but he’s also able to contribute to play going forward. Allan makes forward runs which sees him involved in quite a lot play in the final third and has managed to score a couple goals himself. He has 2 goals so far in the reserve league. He was invited to the senior team’s pre-season camp in Zambia, which could be a sign of good things to come for him.
Diego Appollis (Chippa United)
Although the Chilli Boys are struggling to ring in a consistent string of results, Appollis is the current top goal scorer in the league with eight goals. He is able to place himself in the right spaces where he often is the man they look to feed the ball to and what helps is that he is a clinical finisher.
Khanyisile Mayo (SuperSport United)
The winger has even made it to the bench in Matsatsantsa’s recent games. He’s shown great pace and more often than not, he beats the defenders. If he keeps going the same road, he’s destined for a great future. His older brother Khanyisa came through the same ranks, but appears to have slowed down with loan moves to GladAfrica Championship not working out as intended. Khanyisile would be hoping to do better.
Lehlohonolo Sepeng (Orlando Pirates)
Perhaps his best weapon is the pace that plays a huge factor in his ability to manoeuvre past defenders. He may have to cut down on the unnecessary showboating that has seen him criticised and probably, rightly so. The reality is that the modern game has no place for showboaters and often these type of footballers disappear into thin air, even though the fans like them. Sepeng certainly has the ability and instead of dancing on the ball, he should concentrate on using his pace to good effect and get Pirates the goals.
Promise Mkhuma (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Leading from the front, the captain of Downs’ Reserves has excited the Masandawana faithful so much they liken him to Percy Tau. Mkhuma who was Player of the Tournament in last year’s COSAFA U20 Challenge that was hosted in Zambia seems to be on the rise in his career having a phenomenal start to the season. The 19-year old currently boasts 6 goals, including a great free kick scored against Pirates recently (watch video above).
Sabelo Radebe (Kaizer Chiefs)
He’s been given the responsibility to captain the team and has done so with aplomb. He was part of Chiefs’ first team that went to play Bloemfontein Celtic in the Macufe Cup. What keeps him ahead is keeping it simple from the middle of the park. Radebe shows a lot of maturity in his game and doesn’t rush play. Instead, he finds the space to feed the ball in the right areas, even under pressure from the opposition.
Kagiso Madisha (Orlando Pirates)
This man is a player who loves the early opener, with most of his goals being scored in the early opening 10 minutes of the games. He hits the ground running as soon as the match starts, making all the moves in order to ensure his team takes the comfortable early lead.
Kamohelo Mohoje (Bloemfontein Celtic)
The Siwelele attacker has the right energy and is always looking to go on the offensive, which augurs well for Celtic’s forward play. Even in situations where Celtic were losing, Mohoje, who dons the number 7 jersey, has shown some never-say-die attitude, which is great for his game. Also, he keeps the same pace throughout the 90 minutes, which is quite pleasing to see.
Luke Le Roux (SuperSport United)
He’s also featured at SA junior international level and the midfielder appears to be a player ready to take on anyone. Le Roux shows a great understanding of the game with his movements and it’s not surprising at all that he’s been to the Netherlands, where he starred for PEC Zwolle’s junior side and also trained with the senior team.
Who else deserves a promotion from the MDC to the PSL?
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Mamelodi Sundowns dished out a footballing lesson to beleaguered AmaZulu to advance to the last 8 of the Telkom Knockout at Lucas Moripe on Sunday.
It was the South American show as Venezuela’s Jose Ali Meza opened the scoring, before Uruguay’s Gaston Sirino, who was man of the match, added a double.
Sirino’s compatriot Mauricio Affonso came off the bench to register his name on the scoresheet.
To rub salt on AmaZulu’s wound, defender Mario Booysen scored an own goal on debut.
Downs coach Pitso Mosimane had earlier warned that his team was going for the kill in this tournament and the Brazilians have, in five ways, sent a strong message to their opponents that they are not in the TKO to add to the numbers despite their CAF commitments.
Downs join the likes of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in the quarterfinals.
The draw will be conducted on Tuesday straight after the match between Chippa United and Bloemfontein Celtic in Mdantsane, Eastern Cape.
Meanwhile, Highlands Park edged Black Leopards 6-5 on penalties at Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa.
The match finished goalless in regulation time and the Lions of the North had some bite during the spot kicks to seal the tie and advance to the last eight.
Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Mario Booysen seem to have found a new home and is set to be announced as AmaZulu’s latest signing before the end of this week.
The 31-year-old is a free agent after being released by Chiefs at the beginning of the season and can still be registered to play in the current season, because he’s a free agent.
A source within the club confirmed to FARPost.co.za that the Cape Town-born centre back had agreed in principle to sign for the team and what is left is to put pen to paper.
“Yes, he has been training with us for a few days and he is expected to sign. There might be an announcement tomorrow (Tuesday). They are just finalising a few things, but I don’t see the deal failing,” said our informant.
Usuthu are currently 2nd from bottom on the Absa Premiership standings with five points from 8 matches, with just one win.