Southern Africa’s rising stars


In the past few years the COSAFA region has seen many rising youngsters come through the ranks of clubs both on the local scene and in clubs all over the world. looks at some of the region’s rising starlets who are already flying the flags of their respective countries all over Europe.
Enock Mwepu of Zambia
Over the years, Zambia has produced many youngsters who have been going through the ranks in clubs all over Europe from Fashion Sakala of KV Oostende who was a star performer at both the 2017 U20 AFCON and 2017 U20 World Cup to Patson Banda – also of Oostende – amongst the crop. But the two players who are head and shoulders above the rest are definitely Redbull Salzburg duo of Enock Mwepu and Patson Daka who recently started and played very well against European champions Liverpool in Salzburg’s 4-3 loss in the champions league.
This season alone Dakar has started 6 games and scored 9 goals and Mwepu is a thorn for opponents in the midfield.
For years Zimbabwe didn’t have a decent number of players playing in Europe’s top leagues but that has changed over the years with senior players like Marvelous Nakamba joining Aston Villa and Marshall Munetsi moving to France from Orlando Pirates. But their most promising talent has to be Leicester City’s Admiral Muskwe who has been going through the ranks of the former English champions and the winger has recently been handed his first cap for the warriors and is certainly one to watch in the next few years.
South African footballers have been struggling to cut in Europe’s top leagues for years since the triumph of the late 90s and the consistency of the 2000s. Now most players are either coming home after a season or two abroad or just simply not living up to expectations but over the past five years South Africa has had an influx of young players emerging through some of Europe’s big clubs from Braga’s Luther Singh to Leicester city’s Khanya Leshabela and AS Monaco’s Lyle Foster. The list of South African starlets is endless and it seems the country is going to be having a golden generation soon and perhaps have the glory days back as well.
A 16-year-old Rennes wonderkid has set the French top division alight bossing games against the likes of PSG in the league and having the whole world stand up and notice. The name of that kid is none other than central midfielder Eduardo Camavinga with the highly rated teenager having cemented his place in the starting XI since being promoted to the first team for the 2019/20 season in France. Big clubs from all over Europe have been showing interest in the midfielder but it remains to be seen if he would be moving anywhere in the January transfer window.
By Prince Sobayeni

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