Player of the Weekend: Kobamelo Kodisang

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Platinum Stars product Kobamelo Kodisang is making progress in Portugal as he continues to fight to be called up to SC Braga’s first team.

Kodisang signed a three-year-deal with Braga from Bidvest Wits after he had spent a season on loan at third-tier side A.D Sanjoanense.

The winger made a mark coming off the bench for SC Braga’s B team as they beat Vilaverdense 4-1 away from home. Kodisang made his professional debut as a 15-year-old while he was still at Platinum Stars and went on to clock over 20 PSL appearances before making a move to Sanjoanense in 2018.

While at Sanjoanense the 21-year-old played 23 league games scoring four goals before catching the eye of Braga who signed him at the start of the 2019/20 season. At international level, the winger is one of a few players to have gone to three FIFA World Cups having been to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, 2017 & 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Kodisang is now in his second season with Braga’s second team and he will be looking at breaking into coach Carlos Carvalhal’s first team before the end of the season.

Having been part of the South African U-23 team that went to the U-23 AFCON in Egypt and qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics playing a lot of games will be crucial for Kodisang who faces stiff competition from players like Tashreeq Matthews, who is playing at the highest level in Sweden, Gift Links who is also playing at the highest level in Denmark.

Liam Jordan who is a regular in Denmark, Promise Mkhuma who has started playing first-team football in South Africa for Mamelodi Sundowns and Luther Singh who is a regular in Portugal.

This was Kodisang’s first game of the season for Braga having struggled with an ankle injury, but all that is behind him now the focus will be getting more game time and being a regular in the starting XI.

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