Africa may not be a popular football continent, but it has produced youngsters in the history of football, and this is factual because we can see some best South African youngsters in football presently.
Well, not just in South Africa, but other African countries such as Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Algeria, Egypt, and others have produced soccer youngsters that are unimaginable.
However, in today’s guide, I will not be discussing African youngsters in soccer as a whole, but I will be specific and will be discussing the best South African youngsters in football.
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So, without further ado, let us proceed –
Best South African Youngsters In Football
1. Neo Rapoo
With the appointment of coach, Gavin Hunt to Matsatsantsa and appointing 17-year-old Neo Rapoo a place in the starting XI has indeed excelled SuperSport’s in their recent form.
17-year-old Neo Rapoo is not just made of skills, but quality skills including a leadership attitude and has been proven worthy of taking the armband from captain Onismor Bhasera when he retires soon.
2. Thapelo Maseko
Thapelo Maseko might be just 19 years old, but at such a young age, he is considered one of the top talented youngsters in the PSL.
In all competitions this season, playing 18 games, Thapelo Maseko has scored 3 goals and assisted a single.
Under Gavin Hunt, he has been consistent in the lineup as he is already considered incredible, and has already attracted interest from clubs.
3. Siyabonga Mabena
Mamelodi Sundowns have recently introduced youngsters to football, and guess what? Among these players is a 16-year-old Siyabonga Mabena who is currently being compared with the late Gift Leremi.
Well, I would say that Siyabonga Mabena is fortunate to be coached by Rulani Momwema whose priority is young players.
At just 16 years of age, Madena has made his professional debut, no doubt, he is one of the best South African youngsters in football.
4. Mduduzi Shabalala
Mduduzi Shabalala is one of the best and most talented youngsters in South Africa. At the age of 19, he has proven his worth, defined his skills, and cemented an important role in Kaizer Chiefs. He is of course a starter in the team, hence regularly makes the starting XI.
Shabalala has a lot of skills as a midfielder and was promoted to the team’s first team after a review in Belgium.
Since joining the first time, he has been tremendous.
5. Kajally Drammeh
Drammeh is one of the best South African youngsters in football currently. The young lad’s signing might have been delayed due to paperwork issues, but he never delayed delivering an impressive display when he was signed in January last year.
Kajally Drammeh has recorded a goal in 14 games in all competitions this season.
6. Jaedin Rhodes
Still surprising how Jaedin Rhodes’s career development as a youngster skyrocketed since he broke his way into the Cape Town City first team. At just 19, he has established himself as Cape Town City’s first team player and has featured 11 times for the team.
Eric Tinkler trusts the young South African star is doing great in his career.
7. Wandile Duba
Wanda Duba may not be a convincing starting XI playing in the Chiefs side, but he is a young talent from South Africa and also one of the best African youngsters in football.
At age 18, Duba has not netted a goal but he shows signs of doing so anytime soon, he has a promising career.
8. Azola Matrose
While playing in Chippa United’s youth teams, Azola Matrose established himself as a promising young lad which attracted Orlando Pirates to complete his signing on a first-team contract.
Nevertheless, he was loaned back to Chilli Boys to gain more playing time and build confidence at a senior level where he scored 2 goals in 16 appearances.
Unfortunately, he missed out on Chippa’s last four games of the season in the previous season, but he will play a key and important role in the coming seasons for the Chilli Boys.
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I have heard and watched a lot of football youngsters from South Africa, but there has not been anyone more outstanding than the ones in my compiled list currently.
Well, spotting a youngster in football, most especially in an African country might seem a bit uneasy, but I have been able to spot the incredible ones in South Africa.
So, having known about the best South African youngsters in football, I would love to know in the comment section which one of them amazes you with their skills.