FEATURE: The PSL’s rising stars who are under 20

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The PSL has over the years seen the rise (and fall) of many gifted youngsters.

FARPost takes a closer look at players that are under 20 and with a great future ahead of them. Rather a fall down the line, they promise to go on to achieve great things in their respective careers.

Promise Mkhuma (Mamelodi Sundowns, 19)

The player with an educated left foot and arguably one of the best players when it comes to free kicks. Born in Daveyton, near Benoni, Mkhuma was captain of Downs’ Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) team before his promotion to the first team a few months ago. If his performances in the MDC are anything to go by, he’s destined for a great future.

Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Maritzburg United, 19)

Fearless. That’s perhaps the best way to describe him. From his MDC days, Hlongwane’s progress in the ‘Team of Choice’s’ first team has been steady and fans are taking notice, especially after he scored a brace for the KwaZulu Natal side in their 3-0 win over Stellenbosch in February.

Football ardent fan Shakes Rampedi, who works at Betway and regularly shares his thoughts on the game, was quite impressed with Hlongwane in that match (watch Rampedi’s reaction in the video below).

 

Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (Kaizer Chiefs, 20)

Yet another player with a sweet left foot, like Mkhuma. He was unfortunate to suffer a long-term injury sometime back, but has returned to action. Ngcobo has vision and his passing game is delightful.

When you watch him play he shows signs of a player that was properly developed. So not only is he a talented footballer, but one who came from good hands in the development phase, which augurs well for his future.

Evidence Makgoba (Baroka, 19)

Like Hlongwane, Makgoba is a striker, with a very promising future. He hails from GaMampa village, near Burgersfort in Limpopo and was reportedly scouted by former Baroka CEO Morgan Mmamila two years ago. He’s got the height and the built to give the defenders a tough time. Makgopa’s brace against Black Leopards proves that he has what it takes, but it’s obviously early days.

Bayanda Shangase (AmaZulu, 20)

The Usuthu marksman has also come through the MDC and he’s played one Absa Premiership match this season. The forward has the potential and proved in the MDC that he can score goals. Shangase was promoted in October 2019 along with goalkeeper, Olwethu Mzimela.

Njabulo Blom (Kaizer Chiefs, 20)

Blom has already played in a few first team games, though he has since lost his place. Comfortable at right back, he’s more of a utility player in that he can play in all the positions in defence and even in midfield.

“I always remember where I come from. It wasn’t easy to get to the first team. I always tell myself that I don’t want to squander this opportunity [of playing in the top-flight],” Blom told the media late last year.

Rowan Human (Bidvest Wits, 19)

He made his debut when he was just 18 in early January 2020, in Wits’ 2-0 win against Stellenbosch in Cape Town. Before the move up to the first team, Human was banging in goals in the MDC with over 10 and showing the hunger to succeed in his career. The Westbury-born, Johannesburg, forward promises to be one of SA’s shining stars, even on the international stage.

Oswin Appolis (SuperSport United, 18)

Previously with Ajax Cape Town, Apollis has earned high praise from his coach Kaitano Tembo since making his PSL debut against Stellenbosch late last year. This is Apollis’s only appearance in the PSL this season, but he’s shown, even for SA’s U20 side, that given a chance the attacking midfielder could develop into a great player.

Thabiso Monyane (Orlando Pirates, 19)

The right back, who in fact, used to play upfront has 13 appearances across all competitions this season. He arrived at Pirates when he was 11 years old and has played for SA’s U17 and U20 teams. He was at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland last year and is tipped to make it big in his career.

LOOK OUT FOR THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS AS WELL…

Ally Msengi (Stellenbosch, 18)

Olwethu Nyembe (Cape Town City, 19)

Molahlehi Khunyedi (Bidvest Wits, 19)

Karabo Molefe (Kaizer Chiefs, 17)

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