Her Majesty, A Queen Of Sport; The Jocund Jewel Named Jermaine Seoposenwe

A Model Student-Athlete | Jermaine Seoposenwe
A Model Student-Athlete | Jermaine Seoposenwe
The Home Of The Bulldogs | Samford University
The Home Of The Bulldogs | Samford University

There are athletes that inspire greatness through their tremendous feats in their respective sporting codes, regardless of their gender, race or creed; although we are beginning to see a gradual movement towards more reporting regarding the abundant females excelling in sports, while setting great standards for young people across the globe, we at GSV felt obliged to add our pennies to the collection fund with a feature we call, Her Majesty, A Queen Of Sport.

Jermaine Seoposenwe

Bio

DoB: October 12th, 1993 (21)

PoB: Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town, Western Cape; South Africa

Position/s: Advanced Playmaker, Trequartista, Advanced Forward, Deep-Lying Forward, Complete Forward

Height: 1, 68 m

Preferred Foot: Right

Teams Represented: University of Western Cape Ladies’ Football Club, Santos WFC, Spurs WFC, South Africa u/17 (Bantwana), South Africa (Banyana Banyana). Samford University (The Bulldogs)

Current Team: Samford University (The Bulldogs)

Team Jersey No: #10

Team Record (2014): 22 Games; 9 Goals; 13 Assists

The Grand Stand View

The growth of women’s football in South Africa can be measured by the great strides made by the fraternity is a relatively short span of time; while it’s a rarity to find a South African footballer playing football at a good level in a foreign country, it’s becoming common occurrence for one to see a female South African footballer fighting to make the grade overseas.

A visit to the South of the United States of America would eventually lead one to Birmingham, Alabama; a place entrenched in history like few other states or provinces on the planet. Located in the relatively small city of Homewood, Samford University is a private institution that is home to one of the most promising female footballers to come out of Mama Africa in recent times. Jermaine Seoposenwe is part of an inspiring contingent of South African women’s footballers that have made the brave decision to leave home and head to The States in search of greater opportunities on and off the field.

As a youngster, Jermaine showed her tenacity and desire to upset the apple-cart by playing in the primary school football side alongside some boys who refused to take it lightly on her in training; while a young female playing footie with some lads is not uncommon in South Africa, we had struggled for decades to translate that enthusiasm and talent into international calibre footballers that could represent our beloved Women’s national teams with distinction. The goal poaching Jermaine played football for the University of Western Cape while pursuing her tertiary education and elevated herself into football stardom during the FIFA u-17 Women’s World Cup in 2010, the playmaker forward was one of few shining lights for Abantwana in Trinidad & Tobago; announcing her arrival on the international stage with much aplomb, Jermaine finished the tournament with 2 goals and an assist in the 3 games her nation played during the tourney.

It was that exposure in Solly Luvengo’s side that helped to elevate her standing within the South African football fraternity; Seoponsenwe’s stellar performances throughout the year of 2010 for the women’s junior national team earned her the title of “Best u/17 Player” at the SAFA Awards, an accolade that was thoroughly deserved by a talented young footballer with immense potential. Jermaine’s star continued to rise as news of her enormous ability begun to spread like wild fire and her call-up to the senior women’s national squad in 2012 came as no surprise, the then teenage forward validated her selection with some stellar performances in a team full of established stars; 2012 could have been an even greater year for the forward, yet she was unfortunate enough to miss the London Olympic Games through injury.

A great combination of talent, exposure and grace afforded the talented young footballer with an opportunity to fulfil a dream of hers by moving to The United States to major in business studies and play football at the college level while developing her craft even further; Jermaine joined Samford University on a four-year scholarship in 2014 and has already managed to cement quite a legacy for herself in the colours of The Bulldogs. Blazing her way into the school’s record books in her debut season with some dexterity; Jermaine set a new school record of 31 points in a season, breaking the previous record of 27 points set by Marian Wagner in 2002. Her scintillating form in 2014 also led to her breaking the school record for most assists in a single season with her tally of 13, the previous school record was the 12 assists notched up by Rebecca Bohler in 2005; Seoposenwe’s great haul of 13 assist also included a school record 3 assists in one game. Jermaine’s healthy return of 9 goals in the 2014 season sees her perched 3rd on the University’s all-time single season scoring list, further proof of her proficiency on the offensive end of the pitch; the sweet fruits of her labour were reaped at the end of 2014 as she earned her first Varsity Letter, for attaining excellence in soccer, in her astonishing debut season as a Bulldog.

Jermaine Seoposenwe is already one of the best footballers to ever grace the turf at Samford University, yet the fiercely competitive and highly ambitious Mitchell’s Plain bred football star already has her eyes set one fulfilling her vast potential and going on to play professional football once her development is complete, Lord willing, we will be speaking of Jermaine Seoposenwe the NWSL or FA WSL superstar in a couple of years; we at GSV pray that her great development is allowed to continue at international level and there is great hope that she can help carry the hopes of an avid football nation on her young shoulders as they seek to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in October of 2015. If Jermaine Seoposenwe continues her great career trajectory and fulfils the great potential she has in her locker, we could potentially be looking at one of the greatest footballers of this current generation; a supreme talent with great faith, a level head on her shoulders and a keen eye for goal, South African football surely could use more Jermaine Seoposenwe’s on both sides of the spectrum and Bob’s your uncail.

GSV Hot List; The Dainty Denwin Farmer

A Defensive Talent Of Note | Denwin Farmer
A Defensive Talent Of Note | Denwin Farmer
Matsatsantsa A Pitori | SuperSport United
Matsatsantsa A Pitori | SuperSport United

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.

#TheTalentScout

Denwin Farmer

Bio

DoB: September 19th, 1996 (18)

PoB: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Caps & Goals: N/A (South Africa u-20 International)

Position/s: Stopper Defender, Cover Defender, Ball-Playing Defender, Fullback, Wingback (Left/ Centre)

Preferred Foot: Left

Club: SuperSport United Football Club

Club Jersey No: #25

Club Appearances & Goals: 1 Appearance

Development Academy: SuperSport United Youth Academy

Market Value: R 375 000

GSV Potential Indicator: Mbulelo Mabizela (4/5)

The Talent Scout Report: (Positional)

Modern football has led many good football minds towards an obsession with the ball-playing central defender, a defensive minded footballer that can marshal the backline like Nesta, but distribute the ball from deep like Pirlo; that extremely powerful obsession has become even worse now that some have elevated towards keenly looking for a left-footed ball-playing central defender, in the hopes of forging the perfect defensive combination of the future.

Denwin Farmer is something of a rarity in South African football, where we actually have a limited supply of solid defensive players that are predominantly left-footed, yet the wunderkind’s potential is a testament to the blessed generation of young players our nation has been blessed with; composure, positional sense, and a good turn of pace are just a few of the abundant footballing gifts that the lad has already displayed with some panache in his relatively short football career. Farmer was one of 4 United Academy graduates invited to trial at Tottenham Hotspur in September of 2013, his great potential has already been noticed by scouts from foreign clubs and his stock will continue to rise with every performance he makes for Matsatsanta or Mzansi; a former central defensive partner to Rivaldo Coetzee at u-20 level, Denwin will be praying for an opportunity to develop in the manner his mate has over the last 18 months at club and international level.

The South African youth international has worked his way up the ladder to professional football at a very steady rate, and Farmer’s development can only improve exponentially with his promotion to the first-team squad for the current campaign; a stellar debut in a 1-nil victory over Orlando Pirates proved that the quality and aptitude is there for Denwin to further develop into one of the best young defenders on the continent in the coming years.

GSV Institutions List; A Colloquy Concerning Crewe Alexandra

Fruits Of Labour | Crewe Alexandra Lifting The Johnstone's Paint Trophy In 2013
Fruits Of Labour | Crewe Alexandra Lifting The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy In 2013
Even The Dogs Want To Play At The Alexandra Stadium | #Banter
Even The Dogs Want To Play At The Alexandra Stadium | #Banter

Imagine a world where aspiring young footballers could be taken in as pimple faced teens with a tad bit of bum fluff on their chins and nurtured into complete and successful professional footballers with their airbrushed faces on billboards in countries they have never considered frequenting while they sip cocktails in Ibiza with their significant other, who just happens to be an aspiring supermodel… Well dear friend and reader, such a world does exist in the football realm; although many in our fraternity tend to behave as if young stars pop up at random like a cannabis plant and bring euphoria after being allowed the opportunity to light the scene up. We at GSV have roped in your mate Uncle Bob and asked him to dust off his PhD in Development Football and become the Dean of our newly founded School Of Academies, where we enlighten, inform and entertain you with all the insight he has on development sides across the fraternity. In no particular or meticulous order, for that matter, we present to you The GSV Institutions List.

Crewe Alexandra Football Club

Bio

Country: England

Location: Gresty Road, Crewe, Cheshire; England

Founded: 1877

Head of Recruitment: Neil Baker

Technical Director: Dario Gradi MBE

Notable Graduates: Owain Fôn Williams (GK), Rob Jones (RB), Matt Tootie (RB), Billy Jones (RB), Harry Davis (CB), Rob Edwards (CB/ DM), David Wright (Defender/ Midfielder), James Bailey (DM), Lee Bell (DM), Seth Johnson (DM), Gary Roberts (DLP), Steve Walters (CM), Neil Sorvel (CM), Danny Murphy (CM), Michael O’Connor (CM), Kenny Lunt (CM), Luke Murphy (CM), Ashley Westwood (CM), David Vaughn (Winger), Byron Moore (Winger/ Forward), Mark Rivers (Winger/ AM/ Forward), Nick Powell (AM), Dele Adebola (CF), Rob Hulse (CF), Dean Ashton (CF), Shaun Miller (CF), Michael Higdon (CF), AJ Leitch-Smith (CF), Nick Maynard (CF) & Max Clayton (CF)

Fresh Out The Oven: Ben Garratt (GK), George Ray (CB), Jamie Jones (CB), Joe Kearns (CB), Perry Ng (CB), James Baillie (RB), Joe Howell (CM), Toby Mullarkey (CM), Ryan Colclough (AF), Fraser Murdoch (AF), George Cooper (CF), Callum Saunders (CF), Andre Brown (CF) & Liam O’Neill (CF)

Report Card

Training facilities: C-

Training methodologies: B

Coaches: C+

Opportunities for growth: B+

Dean’s Comment: If I told you of a football club that has continually seemed to find a way to exist against the odds and actually be profitable in the Lower Divisions of English football, you would find it hard to believe; yet Crewe Alexandra are such a football club, and The Railwaymen have continued to achieve great off-field success through a youth development academy that seeks to keep the club well fed with good quality young footballers that are home-grown.

The relatively uneventful fortunes of Crewe Alexandra were forever changed on June 1st, 1983 when an Italian born Englishman named Dario Gardi arrived in Crewe after returning from a minor managerial sabbatical which was brought about by his resignation from Crystal Palace in the 1981-82 season, where he departed after failing to meet the clubs’ mandate of promotion; a legendary football man with a relatively continental approach to football, Gradi wasted no time revolutionising the ideology of the then makeweight Fourth Division football club with his developmental philosophy that centred around producing good professional footballers that have the technical dexterity to play his brand of continentally-inspired attacking football, a brand of football that once saw them also attain some eye-catching on-field results which translated into promotions up the Football Leagues.

A football genius with a mind that conceived strategies that were largely before their time; Dario Gradi helped to ensure that The Alex will always be able to develop their own talent using their relatively limited resources while affording themselves the maximum opportunity to benefit off the sales of some of their more promising young players, which is a profitable and purposeful business in an age where good home-grown talent is so scarce that the British Talent Tax has risen astronomically over the past two decades.

The Crewe Alexandra “Centre of Excellence” has produced a staggering number of players for their first-team squad while also providing a fair share of footballers for other clubs in the football leagues, as of today, an approximated 75 former academy lads have graduated from the developmental nest into the first-team squad at Crewe Alexandra over the years, and that number rises with each passing season, at a healthy rate I might add; the level of commitment shown to youth development by the club is the living legacy of a man who dared to do things differently, the thought of Dario Gradi will surely pop into the mind of any football purist that watches a Crewe Alexandra academy graduate blossom into a fully fledged professional footballer.

Judging by the current rosters’ average age of 21.5, something of an unheard of feat in league football across the realm, Crewe Alexandra will continue to stick to their great ideology that holds steadfast in a modus oparendi that promotes the development of good young footballers into good professional footballers that add value to the art of football; one prays that this great determination will be rewarded with even more promotions up the leagues and an addition to their Football League Trophy win in due time. Any modern football club that can start a league game with a full starting XI of academy graduates is more than deserving of its place on the GSV Institutions List and Bob’s your mothers relatively football obsessed brother.