Futaa looks at the youngest players at South Africa’s big three clubs Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, and Mamelodi Sundowns.
In searching to pinpoint Bafana Bafana’s steady decline and a lack of South African players moving up to European shores, many believe that the issue lies with leading clubs such as Pirates, Sundowns and Chiefs not producing young players at Absa Premiership level.
Since the break of the PSL, the big three clubs have never stood out for bringing through decent young players, but the past couple of seasons have shown a growing trend of giving youth a chance - especially Kaizer Chiefs.
With Chiefs leading the way with the highest number of youngsters between the ages of 18-23, Pirates edge Sundowns in second position.
Here’s a full look at the list of players:
- Siyabonga Ngezana (central defender): 21
- Njabulo Blom (central defender-cum midfielder): 19
- Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya (left-back): 22
- Yagan Sasman (left-back): 23
- Happy Mashiane (left-back): 21
- Reeve Frosler (right-back): 21
- Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (attacking midfielder): 19.
- Siphesihle Ndlovu (midfielder): 22
- Kabelo Dlamini (attacking midfielder): 23
- Austin Muwowo (forward): 22
- Justine Shonga (forward): 22
- Tshegofatso Mabasa (striker): 22
- Zakhele Lepasa (striker): 22
- Thabiso Monyane (right back): 19.
- Rivaldo Coetzee (midfielder): 22
- Keletso Makgalwa (forward): 22
- Phakamani Mahlambi (forward): 21.
So which players from the lists above will make it at the very top as Bafana internationals and in the best leagues in Europe?
Only time will tell.
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