The Absa Premiership's decade of 2010 to 2019 belonged to the likes of Teko Modise, Tshepo Masilela, Diane Klate and Itumeleng Khune - Futaa now looks at the bright new talents for the next 10 years...
Additionally, there are more exciting players at Orlando Pirates and Maritzburg United. Here are our five talents we’re hoping receive so much footballer in the new decade.
Teboho Mokoena, 23, SuperSport
Matsatsantsa a Pitori enjoy a long and illustrious history of producing homegrown talents, we’ve grown used to seeing at least two exciting talents emerge from their academy every season.
First given his break by a coach with little to no kid promotion history, Stuart Baxter knew Mokena was a star of the future. The midfielder’s latest highlight was helping the national U23’s to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics…
Mokoena’s simplicity, maturity, level-headedness and decision-making on the ball often reminds of one John Shoes Mosheou.
Ben Motshwari, 28, Orlando Pirates
Signed from the extremely demanding Gavin Hunt’s Bidvest Wits where he was immediately tipped as one for the future. Motshwari’s impact has seen him become an automatic starter with his obvious ability and - most of all - high work ethic having won many admirers.
Winning the Absa Premiership Goal of the Season was in his debut season is an absolute dream start.
Any Pirates fans for the new Andile Jali? Finally a replacement.
Happy Mashiane, 22, Kaizer Chiefs
Amakhosi’s Middendorp is a lover of young promise but often raises concerns on development coaching and mental skills. But the moment he met Mashiane at Naturena, he simply knew…
“Happy has been around. At 21 years of age, he is matured. Happy has an extremely educated left foot. I admire him for his attitude. He is not the kind of player who gets over excited on the ball, he does his business and applies the basics,” Middendorp had said shorty after promoting the Temisa-born star.
Oswin Appollis, 18, SuperSport
SuperSport’s youngsters have drawn plenty of plaudits so far this season and rightly so, but just when we thought we will wait for next season for the next youngster, coach Tembo unleashed the youngest gem to date.
The night was 30 November 2019 in Pretoria when Appollis made his PSL debut and very nearly scored inside 10 minutes.
Rushine De Reuck - Maritzburg United
Long before the famous afternoon where the 23-year-old star pocketed Chiefs’ Nurkovic in the Telkom Knockout semi-final late last year, many have known Maritzburg’s big talent central defender.
Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler has sent a warning to the likes of Sundowns, Pirates and Chiefs regarding interest in his star player Rushine De Reuck.— Kick Off (@KickOffMagazine) January 9, 2020
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To find further proof his De Rueke’s quality, United have one of the best defenses in the league: 11 goals conceded in 15 games. And just when the PSL’s sharks started to circle the young talent this month, United quickly moved to tie the defender on a whopping five-year deal.
So, do any of our five players to watch in the new decade remind of the likes of Modise, Shabba, Klate & Masilela? Will we soon lose them to abroad leagues quicker than we can predict?