Bongokuhle Hlongwane’s hattrick for Maritzburg United’s Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) team against Orlando Pirates at the weekend serves as a reminder of the youngster’s immense potential.
But his heroics in their 3-1 victory also puts the 19-year-old back in the spotlight after his Premier Soccer League (PSL) debut last term.
Ironically, his first PSL match was against Pirates and at the time, in April, Maritzburg went down 1-0 to the Buccaneers at Harry Gwala Stadium.
This is where the country first caught a glimpse of the young talent from Nxamalala in the Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal, area.
The centre forward was expected to play a bigger role in the 2019/2020 campaign after helping Maritzburg United survive through the PSL promotion playoffs.
But with just three appearances to his name Hlongwane’s role in the first team has been limited this season.
PSL teams, however, are keeping a close eye on the youngster.
Kaizer Chiefs are thought to be tailing him and want to bolster their attack by bringing him to Naturena in the next year.
Watch this space…
In Pretoria, SuperSport United striker Bradley Grobler is heavily linked with Orlando Pirates.
With 8 goals in 16 matches – a scoring ratio of 50%, Grobler has certainly impressed so far this season.
The Buccaneers have been reported to be chasing after his signature and the deal is very likely to happen considering that SuperSport United are willing to cash in.
“It’s in the player’s hands. Bradley knows… help us win another trophy and get us to January in a nice solid position, then that’s great for him,” said chief executive Stanley Matthews in a recent interview.
“It’s all down to the player. If we have a big start to the season and Bradley shows what he can do and gets his place back into the Bafana Bafana team, then the January window is there.”
Lastly, AmaZulu’s Bonginkosi Ntuli is a wanted man. Both Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are eyeing him.
Ntuli’s importance to Usuthu is not in question at all.
The seven goals they have scored this season have all come from him. Let that sink in.
He would be keen on a move however considering he may want to prove he can play for a big team after not getting his chance at Mamelodi Sundowns.
Now 28, Ntuli may see the move as a great opportunity and persuade AmaZulu to cash in, and let him go.
THE PSL TOP SCORERS
Kermit Erasmus, 7 goals
Peter Shalulile, 7 goals
Bonginkosi Ntuli, 7 goals
Knox Mutizwa, 7 goals
Bradley Grobler, 5 goals
Tshegofatso Mabasa, 5 goals
*This is for League only and doesn’t include cup competitions. Grobler, for example, is on 8 goals in all competitions and 5 in the Absa Premiership.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa