At GSV, we take the self allotted duty of enlightening our readers on all matters sports related very seriously, especially when it comes to informing the fraternity as a whole about the stars of the future that are on the rise as well as those that are already making a splash in the fraternity at a tender young age; we are proud to present to you the GSV Hot List, the most authoritative young African talent index in the entire football realm. The GSV Hot List is our selection of the best u/23 footballers in their positions, ranking the lads against their competitors and giving you some information on the player; we aim to ensure that you remain entertained, informed and enlightened while growing your knowledge base. This is the Mzansi football edition of the GSV Hot List, we will provide you with the quintessential player index of all the premier youth Mzansi football talent in the fraternity; the GSV Hot List is your one stop shop to all your Mzansi stars of the future.
Full Name: Lebogang Lelani Phiri
DoB: November 9th, 1994 (20)
PoB: Alexandra, Gauteng
Nationality: South African
Caps & Goals: N/A
Position/s: Anchorman, Ball-Winning Midfielder, Deep-Lying Playmaker
Club: Brøndby IF, Danish Superliga (Denmark)
Club Jersey No: 18
Appearances & Goals: 46 Apps, 5 Goals
Contract Length: June 30th, 2017
Development Academy: BidVest Wits Academy
Market Value: R 5 200 000
GSV Potential Indicator: John Moeti (5/5)
The Talent Scout Report: (Positional)
Mzansi Diski seems to have stumbled upon the right formula for developing the quintessential regista in the modern age of football; since Reneilwe “Beyoncé” Letsholonyane established himself as one of the continents premier deep-lying playmakers, Mzansi Diski has developed a more concise understanding of what we can do with talented young lads that have the ability to dictate a game from deeper in midfield while affording a side the defensive solidity to withstand pressure and hit the opponents when they have their guard down. Lebo is a player that seems to have been cut from the same cloth as Beyoncé, well versed in the art of defending while using his good passing acumen and ball retention abilities to be an offensive outlet as well; Phiri seems born to play as a regista, his mature sense of positioning makes him appear to always be in the right place at the right time and his on-field awareness belies his years as he knows how to make time for himself on the ball. While very few of our players take the leap forward and move to Europe to further their careers, it is always refreshing to watch a young Mzansi lad making waves in a foreign country and showing that we can still develop talent for the elite level and that our players do have the mental aptitude to succeed in foreign leagues. The future continues to look exceedingly bright for the son of Mama Africa’s Esau Phiri, who himself wasn’t a shabby pro for Vaal Professionals and Tembisa Classic back in the days; Lebogang has the mental aptitude to supplement his impressive technical attributes and combining the two to establish himself in the illustrious league of top class talents that Beyoncé resides in, the lad looks en-route to becoming one of the most dynamic regista’s Mzansi Diski has ever produced.