In recent years South Africa has seen an emergence of players across the globe who qualify to represent the country.
In recent years this publication, through its international office, has discovered the likes of Kgaogelo Chauke, Siyabonga Ligendza, Phillipe Sandler and many other youngsters who are either born outside the country to South African parents or left home at an early age with their parents who relocated to pursue opportunities abroad.
The international office has tracked down another youngster making it through the ranks of a Division 1 academy in England. Southampton midfielder Kaya Tshaka was born in England to South African parents and has been going through the ranks of the ‘Saints’ Academy since the age of 8 – he has been at the club since 2012 when he joined their U9 development squad.
The 16-year-old now plays for the Academy’s U18 team and has recently been given a two-year deal at the club alongside 8 other first year scholars.
Tshaka plays in the defensive midfield role for the U18s and is one of a few players who are regulars in the English U18 league in England. He’s already had a few camps with England’s youth squads, which proves the quality he possesses.
Many players have gone through the system at Staple Wood campus with the likes of Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale, Victor Wanyama, Adam Lallana and many other players who have made a name for themselves in England. Another South African teenager Kgaogelo Chauke is part of the club’s development system and now plays with Southampton’s reserve team in the English Premier League 2.
It remains to be seen how Tshaka will progress through the ranks at Southampton, but FARPost’s international office will be keeping a close eye on his progress in the near future. He joins the likes of Nikola Tavares (Crystal Palace), Max McMillan (Leeds United), Kgaogelo Chauke (Southampton), Khanya Leshabela (Leicester City) and Bradley Cross (Newcastle United) who are all contracted to English Premier League teams.
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