Half-Time Orange For Thought; A Look Behind The Bustling Tshwane CBD

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Yes, Three Musketeers | Leandro Castro (1 third of the CBD)
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The Champions Elect…| Mamelodi Sundowns

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Dissected with the attention to detail of a legendary Masterchef 2nd season casting outcast , your good mate Uncle Bob serves up his weekly Half-Time Orange For Thought; a mental morsel for the sports fanatic with a healthy appetite for wholesome consumables. We at GSV have reluctantly declared ourselves accountable for any digestion difficulties that may or may not occur. Enjoy!

There has been much furore regarding the struggles of the Soweto Giants this season; while the defending champions are barely keeping up with the pace of the title race and Orlando Pirates seemingly caught top in a battle for a high Top 8 spot, the Brazilians from Mamelodi have steadily blown away most of the sides placed before them and now have the League title in sight. The champions elect are currently riding a 15 game unbeaten streak in the ABSA Premiership and the free scoring Masandawana seem to be In pole position to add another league title to their honour roll if they can continue to pick up points and prove tough to beat for their opponents, the chasing pack evidently appear daunted by the already substantial advantage held by Downs at the top and the 9 time League winners need only hold their composure during a relatively well structured title run-in where the play 3 of the current top 4.

Without taking too much shine away from the club’s impressively consistent performances and great run of results coming off the back of good team performances coupled with a few tactical masterstrokes by the gaffer  & his technical team, we have to take a moment to commend the highly enterprising trio that makes this team even more enthralling to watch; they are affectionately known as the Tshwane CBD, or the Central Busy District to some, Leandro Castro, Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly have combined impressively for a total of 22 goals and 17 assists between them in all competitions so far this season. To put it into context, the 17 League goals scored by the CBD means that they have outscored the University of Pretoria, Jomo Cosmos, Golden Arrows, and Bloemfontein Celtic , while equalling the current goal haul of the entire SuperSport United roster with 11 league games remaining.

The CBD have combined to provide 30 of Sundowns’ 37 league goals thus far through goals and assists; that astonishing 81% portion of goals contributed could lead one into thinking that Downs are a bit of a 3-Man Band this season, yet the success of the CBD has been the direct result of a settled team of experienced campaigners that play according to a set club ideology while performing to the best of their capabilities. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Pitso Mosimane should be commended for shunning the temptation to go on a buying spree after falling 12 points behind the rampant Kaizer Chiefs last season as his charges failed to continue the proud Mamelodi Sundowns tradition of attempting to and often succeeding in retaining the league title after winning it.

The free scoring Mamelodi Sundowns are the league leaders on the goal charts with their 37 goals placing them 5 goals ahead of title challengers BidVest Wits, that offensive output is matched by a stingy defence that is tied with that of Mpumalanga Black Aces’ for the tightest defensive units in the league with 15 goals conceded, one less than the goal-shy Kaizer Chiefs. Built upon a solid foundation and a quality laden roster that boasts at least 2 premier league level players in each position, the Mamelodi Sundowns train is a well oiled machine that will take some stopping in the weeks ahead; the team is not expressly reliant on the CBD to win games as they have star quality in every department and a playing ideology that allows each player to come into the side and know full well what is required of them in terms of performance levels and standards. The spine of the Sundowns side is an impressive one; 3 good goalkeepers that could be no: 1’s at most PSL clubs on any given matchday, an experienced central defensive lynchpin and leader in Thabo “Mr. Cool” Nthethe topped off with one of the best anchorman & playmaker combinations in the land in the form of Hlompho Kekena and Teko Modise.

The enterprising CBD have been allowed to acclimatise to each other relatively quickly and begin to flourish due to the solid foundation provided by the experienced spine that has formed the backbone of the squad over the last 30 months; the pace & trickery of Billiat & Dolly combine to feed off the link-up play and great movement of the clinical Castro to make for an attacking trio that may go down as one of the most legendary frontlines in the recent history of the club. The General, Teko Modise may have lost some of his ability to play full games in a tight schedule, yet the playmaker has not lost his ability to link defence with attack and provide the CBD with the service they require to be as effective as they have been; his passing range & vision have allowed him to effortlessly find the regularly open attacking trio and allow them to show their undoubted class. 8 assists & 3 goals in all competitions is a healthy return from the now 33 year old Navigator as he looks set to add another title to his list of accolades. One thing is for certain, we have not seen the end of the scintillating performances from Mamelodi Sundowns & their very busy Tshwane CBD and Bob’s your Arcadia Shepherds FC unofficial flag waving uncle.

GSV Wunderkind Watching; The Marvellous Anthony Martial

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The Teenage Prodigy Showing Class | AS Monaco
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A Record Breaking Wunderkind | Manchester United FC

Wunderkind

: a child prodigy; also :  one who succeeds in a competitive or highly difficult field or profession at an early age

: someone who achieves success or shows great talent at a young age

The transition from playground hero to global superstar is one that only a lucky few get to undergo & complete; child prodigies can be found in every crevice of the globe, yet one does not always get to witness a child prodigy excel at a competitive level and show signs of great promise at a tender age, as gaffers are often under pressure to get immediate results and predictably punt for more seasoned pro’s as they seek to attain some much needed job security. Football remains one of the greatest tests of talent in the modern age, a field where hard work beats talent, when talent refuses to work hard and having talent alone is not enough to truly flourish in the craft. With measured development and sound off-field guidance, a wunderkind can develop into a world-class footballer with the gifts and aptitude to excel at the highest level; wunderkinder do not always become the true stars that their potential levels would have suggested they’d develop into, yet that will not hinder us from watching the best u/20 lads in the game and giving you an informative, enlightening and educational scouting report as our Talent Scout packs his binoculars and goes Wunderkind Watching.

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Anthony Martial

Bio

Full Name:

DoB: December 5th, 1995 (20)

PoB: Massy, Essone; Paris

Nationalities: French, Guadeloupian

Caps & Goals: 6 Caps, 3 Assists {u/16, 17 Caps, 9 Goals; u/17, 13 Caps, 9 Goals; u/18, 4 Caps, 3 Goals; u/19, 5 Caps; u/21, 12 Caps, 4 Goals}

Position/s: Winger, Inside Forward, Advanced Forward, Deep-Lying Forward, Poacher (Left, Right, Centre)

Preferred Foot: Right

Club: Manchester United Football Club

Club Jersey No: #9

Development Academy: Olympique Lyonnais

Previous Clubs: Olympique Lyonnais, AS Monaco

Career Club Record: 104 Games, 24 Goals, 14 Assists

Talent Scout Report

Mental: Speed merchants can often go underdeveloped if there is no effort & time invested in making them effective in their movement; much of that begins in the mind, Martial is blessed with great a great sense of anticipation in play and his precise and definitive movement off the ball allows him to make full use of his gifts to exploit gaps in defensive lines despite being deployed to play in a myriad of attacking positions. Forever as cool as a cucumber, the lad seems unflustered on the field and that high level of composure is evident in his clinical finishing. As an offensive player that gets utilised across the attacking line, Anthony would need to have a high level of creativity to get involved in attacking play more frequently; true to form, the relatively physical and dynamic forward has a astonishing creative dexterity which affords him an extra bit of firepower in his offensive armoury.

Despite being blessed with great movement off the ball, the youngster will need to become more aware of the spaces he can exploit if he is to continue being used as more of a playmaker forward than a genuine no: 9; for Martial to become the offensive superstar that he seems destined to become, his positional play will have to improve as he can often look lost in phases where his team sees far less of the ball.

Physical: The marvel of Martial initially lay in his ability to ghost past defenders with ease; the pace and build of a sprinter combined with the mind and technique of a star footballer, sounds a lot like a great Frenchman that terrorised Premier League defenders for fun while winning a few trophies for The Arsenal… Anthony is blessed with a great burst of speed and power in his legs that allows him to accelerate quickly while still motoring on and maintaining his speed after gathering up a head of steam. That impressive movement is coupled with graceful agility that gives his body an opportunity to turn on a dime while maintaining his balance and allowing him to change gears and fly past markers, often leaving them eating dust before they can read his movement.

A great physique is one of the key factors behind Martial proving tough to contain for defenders, the lad can run off the shoulder of his marker or play in front of defenders with relative ease; while many have commended the maturity he has shown playing well out wide, Martial’s physical gifts mean that he could develop into an elite level no: 9 that can score different goals of great quality.

Technical: True to the Thierry Henry comparisons, Martial is a technical work of art that would easily have caught the eye with his technical mastery alone; a consummate finisher with outstanding technique on the ball, one cannot help but marvel at how efficiently the lad uses the ball while allowing his good 1st touch to afford him an extended period of time to think on the ball and make good decisions. That great ability on the ball is largely underpinned by his astonishing capacity to beat his marker on the dribble and allow his creative mind & impressive physique to fuse and make for one outrageously talented attacking prodigy.

GSV Potential Meter: 5/5 Tsamaya’s

GSV Wunderkind Watching; The Palmy Phakamani Mahlambi

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Eyes On The Ball | Phakamani Mahlambi
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Catch Him If You Can | Phakamani Mahlambi

Wunderkind

: a child prodigy; also :  one who succeeds in a competitive or highly difficult field or profession at an early age

: someone who achieves success or shows great talent at a young age

The transition from playground hero to global superstar is one that only a lucky few get to undergo & complete; child prodigies can be found in every crevice of the globe, yet one does not always get to witness a child prodigy excel at a competitive level and show signs of great promise at a tender age, as gaffers are often under pressure to get immediate results and predictably punt for more seasoned pro’s as they seek to attain some much needed job security. Football remains one of the greatest tests of talent in the modern age, a field where hard work beats talent, when talent refuses to work hard and having talent alone is not enough to truly flourish in the craft. With measured development and sound off-field guidance, a wunderkind can develop into a world-class footballer with the gifts and aptitude to excel at the highest level; wunderkinder do not always become the true stars that their potential levels would have suggested they’d develop into, yet that will not hinder us from watching the best u/20 lads in the game and giving you an informative, enlightening and educational scouting report as our Talent Scout packs his binoculars and goes Wunderkind Watching.

#TheTalentScout

Phakamani Mahlambi

Bio

Full Name: Phakamani Lungisani Mahlambi

DoB: September 12th, 1997 (18)

PoB: Johannesburg, Gauteng; South Africa

Nationality: South African

Caps & Goals: N/A {u/23, 5 Caps}

Position/s: Winger, Inside Forward, Advanced Playmaker, Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Forward, Trequartista (Left, Right, Centre)

Preferred Foot: Right

Club: BidVest Wits FC

Club Jersey No: #27

Development Academies: Transnet School of Excellence, BidVest Wits Youth Academy

Career Club Record: 12 Games, 5 Goals, 2 Assists

Talent Scout Report

Mental: The differentiator between good attacking footballers and the greats is often mental, creativity and flair can often afford an attacking player an added advantage that can seem unfair at times; Phakamani is a prodigious talent who has been gifted with a good football brain that allows him to accentuate his other abilities via his high creative threshold and great reading of in-game situations. It is often rare to find a young attacking prodigy that possesses great anticipation and compliments it with the ability to fully utilise that skill to devastating effect.

Advancements in modern football always find a way to make certain traits seem like invaluable commodities, the pressing game has reinstated the need for attacking players to run hard higher up the field when the team is not in possession of the ball; being able to be effective on both sides of the ball is now crucial for attacking players at most football clubs and Mahlambi is constantly improving in that regard with more exposure to first team football. A hard-running athlete with a good work-rate that showcases a desire to function effectively as a part of a well drilled unit, the electric young forward has already endeared himself to many with his all-action game that should be mirrored by some of his elder counterparts.

Physical: Gone are the days when footballers could get by on ability and roughly negate the need to build a body that allows them to truly excel in their profession; while Phakamani is still some way off from being physically fully developed as a footballer, the lad has already used his svelte physique to compliment his great pace and make him even more of an offensive threat. Blessed with a low centre of gravity and the agility to turn on a 5 cent coin, Mahlambi poses a genuine threat with the ball at his feet and that good movement constantly allows him to outpace his marker and get in behind defenders.

One can clearly see why his gaffer, Gavin Hunt, has looked to help him build his career as a more central attacking player that can grow into a footballer that one can build a team around; good movement is pivotal to playing centrally in an age where most smaller teams look to remain compact and afford their opponents very little room to play in. While the lad will need to continue investing time in the gym to get some rocks in his pockets and make him even harder to contain on the offensive end, a stronger and more durable physique would also make him even more of a commodity to European sides that require more physicality from their players due to the higher tempo in the football played.

Technical: Attacking Mzansi diski superstars have often been typified by their technical mastery and their insane ability to perform magical acts with the football; Phakamani easily stands out head and shoulders above many of his peers due to his great dribbling dexterity and his Velcro-like first touch that affords him the platform to beat his marker and create space to work in. Phakamani is constantly improving upon his end-product, an Achilles-heel for many attacking footballers across the nation; an appetite for goal can only grow when a young player is bagging a couple and creating a few more while still playing off raw potential and not mastered ability, his goal tally is bound to improve further with even more work and dedication invested over time.

The one slight glitch in his remarkable technical arsenal would be his inability to be fully functional in the passing game, an inability that adds to his ability to be ineffective for spells in a game; the adoption of a simple passing game where he learns a pattern of basic passes that open up space for his team and himself would add an intangible value to his game, a value that would instantly translate into more effectiveness and higher levels of output on the field.

GSV Potential Meter: 5/5 Tsamaya’s