GSV Hot List; The Mzansi Edition (Lebogang Phiri)

Lebogang Lelani Phiri
Lebogang Lelani Phiri
Brøndby IF Fans
Brøndby IF Fans

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.

Lebogang Phiri

Bio

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.

GSV Hot List; The Mzansi Edition (Thabo Moloi)

Thabo Joy Moloi
Thabo Joy Moloi
SuperSport United FC
SuperSport United FC

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.

Thabo Moloi

Bio

Full Name: Thabo Joy Moloi

DoB: March 23rd, 1994 (20)

PoB: Vereeniging; Gauteng, South Africa

Position/s: Right; Fullback, Wingback

Club: SuperSport United F.C.

Club Jersey No: 2

Appearances & Goals: 44 Apps

Development Academy: SuperSport United Youth Academy

Market Value: R2 270 000

GSV Potential Indicator: 4/5 (Sizwe Motaung)

The Talent Scout Report: (Positional)

When it comes to right fullbacks, Mzansi seems to have been yearning for a true specialist who can dominate in the number 2 position for an entire football cycle or two; in young Moloi, SuperSport United have truthfully unearthed and developed an archetype South African defence first fullback with the attacking instincts to supplement a well balanced game. Blessed with great pace and an impressive level of maturity, the Vereeniging born lad couples all those gifts with impressive positional sense to make for one decisive attacking fullback with the defensive acumen to be a genuine asset in both halves of the field; Thabo has garnered a lot of experience already at the elite level for a 20 year old in South African football, one can only hope that the lad continues to grow in stature as an elite level star of the present an future. We could be watching a genuine legend in the making, taking into account the need for a right fullback of the future and the lads impressive potential levels, one feels as though there will be a lot of caps and accolades coming Thabo’s way in the next few seasons as he continues to develop into a classy fullback with a good head on his shoulders.

2015 ICC Cricket World Cup; Country Profile (England & Scotland)

Pool A

ECB Logo
ECB Logo
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England Flag

ICC Ranking: 5th

Best World Cup Performance: Runners-Up (1979, 1987, 1992)

Captain: Eoin Morgan

Coach: Peter Moores

Highest Ranked Bowler: Joe E. Root (14th)

Highest Ranked Batsman: James M. Anderson (4th)

Form Guide (Last 4 Competitive ODI’s): [Carlton Mid Tri-Series (Australia & India)] L (112 Runs) {Australia}; W (3 Wickets) {India}; L (3 Wickets) {Australia}; W (9 Wickets) {India}

Squad:

Eoin Morgan (Middle-Order Batsman), Jos Buttler (Wicketkeeper Batsman), Gary Ballance (Batsman), Ian Bell (Top-Order Batsman), Ravi Bopara (Middle-Order Batsman), Stuart Broad (Bowler), Steven Finn (Bowler), Alex Hales (Batsman), Joe Root (Batsman), James Taylor (Batsman), Chris Woakes (Bowler), Moeen Ali (Opening Batsman), James Tredwell (All-Rounder), James Anderson (Bowler), Chris Jordan (Bowler)

England Squad
England Squad

The Grand Stand View

Walk into your local watering hole and ask about the perennial underachievers of the game in the modern age, the names South Africa and England will surely be top of the list of any Cricket man worth his salt; it has become common to see the England lads come into the tournament being talked up by their media and eventually being berated and belittled before they have packed their bags in preparation to leave. Their odds of 8-1 represent a continuation of that norm to a certain degree, the lads are being talked up as potential semi-finalists in a time when they side seems to lack the quality they had in previous editions; the absence of too many proven superstar players could actually inspire the side to play above their own level and deliver some success to their fraternity, or we could just see another infamous collapse on the grandest of stages by England. Whatever happens, one gets the feeling that the neutrals will be entertained regardless and that the English media will have content for months on end too.

Cricket Scotland
Cricket Scotland
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Scotland Flag

ICC Ranking: 14th

Best World Cup Performance: Group Stage (1999, 2007)

Captain: Preston L. Mommsen

Coach: Grant Bradburn

Highest Ranked Bowler: Majid R. Haq (59th)

Highest Ranked Batsman: Matthew W. Machan (97th)

Form Guide (Last 5 Competitive ODI’s): [International Triangular Series & ODI Series vs Ireland] W (150 Runs) {Afghanistan}; L (3 Wickets) {Ireland}; L (8 Wickets) {Afghanistan}; W (8 Wickets) {Ireland}; L (3 Wickets) {Ireland}

Squad:

Preston Mommsen (Batsman), Kyle Coetzer (Batsman), Richie Berrington (All-Rounder), Alasdair Evans (Bowler), Freddie Coleman (Batsman), Michael Leask (Batsman), Safyaan Sharif (Bowler), Iain Wardlaw (Bowler), Josh Davey (All-Rounder), Hamish Gardiner (Top-Order Batsman), Matt Machan (All-Rounder), Rob Taylor (All-Rounder), Matthew Cross (Wicketkeeper Batsman), Majid Haq (Bowler), Calum MacLeod (Opening Batsman)

Scotland Team
Scotland Team

The Grand Stand View

If the ICC had it their way, sides like Scotland would never grace the field on Cricket’s grandest stage if they weren’t full members of the ICC; it will now be up to that affiliate sides like Scotland to step up to the plate a justify why the game is better off with such sides coming in and adding something different to what has become the status quo. We watched in amazement as Ireland shocked many with spirited performances in the last edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup in Asia and we continue to be astounded at the progress Zimbabwe are making as a Cricket nation too; one gets the feeling that a great performance and a win or two for Scotland could negate the need for the ICC bigwigs to ever consider dropping the affiliates at tournament time and actually consider the merit behind adding two more sides to the mix and helping to growth the sport in all pockets of the globe. Scotland have some pretty decent cricketers in their squad, lads that could step up and be counted in and amongst the fraternity’s elite professionals; we at GSV feel as if we will see an upset or two go in favour of the Scots out in Australia and New Zealand.