NEDBANK CUP YOUNG STARS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 201826/03/2018
YOUNG STARS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2018
Every year the Nedbank Cup provides opportunities for players to shine on the big stage and 2018 will be no different. Here are our picks of players to watch, including four who have come through the Nedbank Ke Yona Team campaign in the past.
LYLE FOSTER (ORLANDO PIRATES)
The teenage Pirates forward has already made his PSL debut just days after his 17th birthday and recently had a trial at French Ligue 1 side Monaco. He was the lead forward for the South African Under-20 side in Zambia as they came home with the COSAFA junior trophy, and is the type of clinical forward who will serve Pirates well in the Nedbank Cup.
REEVE FROSLER (BIDVEST WITS)
The rampaging right-back has become a regular at BidVest Wits, helping them lift the league title last season and earning a Bafana Bafana call-up, though he has yet to win a cap. Is very much an attacking fullback option and has an eye for goal too having netted already this campaign.
KHANYA GWALA (UBUNTU CAPE TOWN)
The 2014 Nedbank Ke Yona Team graduate continues to improve as a player and is now in his fourth season as a professional having been given his big break by the campaign. He is a regular at National First Division side Ubuntu and the mainstay of their midfield. The 24-year-old helped them into the Nedbank Cup Last 32, where he will appear for the first time in his career.
SIPHELELE MAGUBANE (LAMONTVILLE GOLDEN ARROWS)
Magubane is one of the hottest properties in South African football and a real crowd-pleaser with his skill and eye for goal. He has been superb for Golden Arrows in this campaign, providing goals and assists for coach Clinton Larsen. He does not have all that happy memories of the Nedbank Cup, he was part of the University of Stellenbosch squad that was beaten 8-0 by Bloemfontein Celtic in 2014!
SIPHO MBULE (SUPERSPORT UNITED)
SuperSport United midfielder Mbule shot to national prominence with his superb strike in the first leg of the African Confederation Cup final against TP Mazembe, but those in the known have spoken about his quality for a long while already. He has established himself as a regular in the team in recent months and while he is still a teenager, looks to be a huge prospect for South African footballer. He can use the Nedbank Cup to further grow his reputation.
BONGANI MBULI (SUPER EAGLES)
Mbuli is a graduate of the 2016 Nedbank Ke Yona Team and has made steady progress in his career since then, this season turning out for National First Division side Super Eagles having made his professional debut in the last campaign at Cape Town All Stars. The fullback has been a star man for Eagles this campaign, even scoring his first goal against Black Leopards.
WISEMAN MEYIWA (KAIZER CHIEFS)
Midfielder Meyiwa has made his Kaizer Chiefs debut this season and bagged a goal in his first game against Cape Town City. He is a star of the national Under-20 side that competed at the World Cup in 2017 and continues to be a strong option for Chiefs coach Steve Komphela.
AUBREY MODIBA (SUPERSPORT UNITED)
Modiba has been the stand-out Nedbank Ke Yona Team graduate and is now regarded as one of the best wide players in the Premier Soccer League. He can feature as a fullback or a winger and is one of the first names on SuperSport coach Eric Tinkler’s teamsheet. The 22-year-old has added an extra dimension to his game this season – goals – and has already lifted the Nedbank Cup when he played in the 2017 final for SuperSport as they defeated Orlando Pirates 4-1. He became the first Nedbank Ke Yona Team graduate to win the trophy.
KAMOGELO MOGOTLANE (CAPE TOWN CITY)
Mogotlane was the captain of the Nedbank Ke Yona Teamin 2017 and was rewarded with a contract at Premier Soccer League side Cape Town City, where he is highly-regarded by coach Benni McCarthy. He has yet to make his debut, but with City involved in a hectic league programme and the African Confederations Cup, there is every chance he might get a bow in the Nedbank Cup. If so, he will certainly be one to watch!
LUCKY SETELELE (CAPE TOWN ALL STARS)
The All Stars forward already has a goal in the Nedbank Cup this season after he netted in a 2-0 victory over Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in the preliminary round. It is part of an explosive run of goal-scoring form for the 23-year-old, who has taken the National First Division by storm this season.
*The views represented are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent those of Nedbank.