Soccer supporters are well acquainted with established stars in the PSL, but Briefly.co.za looks at 7 promising youngsters who could soon make the step up.
SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo has predicted that local football fans could well see more and more youngsters starting regularly in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
Times seem to be tough and budgets have seemingly been restricted, leading to less money spent on high-profile signings.
This all bodes well for academy graduates as more and more coaches would be forced to blood the youngsters.
Soccer Laduma reported that Tembo has been nurturing the club’s youth for quite some time now.
Tembo said “We feel that this is probably the right time for us to give them more exposure and game-time. If you have a lot of young players, they need to know that they will get an opportunity to play if they work hard and do well.”
Tembo feels that the decreased budgets are forcing coaches to actually coach more.
Youngsters such as Jammie Webber, Sipho Mbule and Luke Fleurs are benefiting from the trust that Tembo places in young players.
The new trend isn’t exclusive to Matsatsantsa as even the Glamour Boys are relying on youth.
A great example from last season was when Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp preferred 21-year-old Happy Mashiane over the experienced Godfrey Walusimbi in the fullback position.
In light of this, Briefly.co.za has identified 7 talented youngsters who could soon make a big impression in the PSL.
Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, 19 (Kaizer Chiefs)
Keletso Makgalwa, 22 (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Ghampani Lungu, 20 (SuperSport United)
Luke Fleurs, 19 (SuperSport United)
Thabiso Monyane, 19 (Orlando Pirates)
Keanu Cupido, 21 (Cape Town City)
Sandile Khumalo, 21 (AmaZulu)
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