Mamelodi Sundowns and Limpopo Province have one thing in common—talent synergy.
The club and the province have over the years collaborated to identify and progress talent, with the likes of Jackson Mabokgwane, Tiyani Mabunda and Hlompho Kekana the prime examples.
But it is the speedy and diminutive Keletso Makgalwa, who has engulfed our imagination and taken the club-provincial partnership to another level.
FARPost Technical Study Group (TSG) provide the juicy background of this interesting young talent.
1. Classic finisher
Makgalwa is blessed with a sharp mind, centre of gravity and lightning speed reminiscent of Usain Bolt. However, his most potent quality that has been entrenched in the recent PSL games is the finishing capacity.
In successive matches in the Nedbank Cup campaign, Keletso has single-handely propelled his employers into the Cup final. Both goals scored against Highlands Park and Bidvest Wits, bears testimony to a classic finisher.
2. Youth World Cup
Keletso has represented South Africa at both Under-17 and Under-20 levels. This include a remarkable performance at the FIFA Under-20 Youth World Cup under the guidance of Coach Thabo Senong.
He has fully developed into an intergral part of the Sundowns first team and with the wily guidance from Coach Pitso Mosimane, he can only get better.
3. The Statistics
At age 23, he boasts of 42 professional matches between the PSL and the CAF Champions League. Makgalwa has amassed a total of 1,313 playing minutes, 6 goals and 1 assist across all leagues and cup matches.
Any player who breaks into the star-studded Sundowns and have such minutes under his belt deserves special mention.
4. Young Player of the Year
After being part of the successful Multichoice Diski Challenge team of Sundowns, that boasted the likes of Percy Tau and Khaya Shozi, this diminutive speedster has progressed.
He was part of the David Notoane Under-23 team that won bronze at the AFCON Olympics in Egypt, and has cemented his place in the Sundowns matchday 18-man squad, thus majestically making him the obvious choice for the PSL Young Player of the Year.
5. Olympic Dream
The country’s Olympic football team is littered with amazing talent from within and outside the borders, the likes of Liam Jordan, Luther Singh, Teboho Mokoena and Gift Links, and even though the Japan 2020 Olympic dream was postponed, expect Keletso’s name to be at the very top of Notoane’s list.
By FARPost Technical Study Group