Just two weeks after he signed his first professional contract, South African youngster Kgaogelo Chauke will be chuffed to hear that he is included in coach David Notoane’s 78-man preliminary squad for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan.
The 17-year-old central midfielder left South African when he was just a year old and moved to the United Kingdom with his parents who are both from Pretoria which is where Chauke started playing football until he joined Southampton in 2017.
Chauke is one of a few South African born youngsters who have been rising through ranks of big academies in Europe’s elite Leagues over the past few years.
The Mamelodi born midfielder has now earned recognition from his home country after putting in impressive performances for Southampton’s U18 and U23 sides this season.
Despite his age, Chauke has been playing for the Southampton’s U23 side and he is now training with the senior team competing in the English Premier League (EPL).
The youngster and his family have also been clear about their intention of having the midfielder represent Mzansi than England at the international stage, so this will be welcomed news to the Chauke family as this spells the beginning of a long journey in international football for the starlet.
By Prince Sobayeni