Wunderkind Watching | Motjeka Madisha, Mastering The Minutiae

 
The drive to succeed and attain a positive result for the team is largely underrated in modern football, where “hero-ball” has slowly overshadowed the team ethos we once held so dear; a determined footballer like Madisha is an asset worth having, his drive to succeed is contagious and can often lead to the team overcoming a deficit or defying the odds. Click To Tweet

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 national superstar is one that only a lucky few get to undergo & complete; child prodigies can be found in every crevice of our beautiful country, yet one does not always get to witness a child prodigy excel and show signs of great promise at a tender age, as coaches are often under pressure to get immediate results and habitually punt for more seasoned professionals, 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 an elite level footballer with the gifts and aptitude to excel as a professional; 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/23 lads in the game and giving you an informative, enlightening and educational scouting report on some of the best young footballers in the land.

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Motjeka Madisha

Bio

DoB: January 12th, 1995 (21)

PoB: Tembisa, Ekurhuleni; Gauteng

Caps & Goals: N/A | South African u/20 & u/23 International

Position/s: Stopper Defender, Cover Defender, Fullback, Ball-Winning Midfielder, Anchorman (Right/Centre)

Preferred Foot: Right

Height: 1. 81m

Club: Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club

Club Jersey No: #32

Market Value: R 383 250

Career Club Record: 4 Games

Development Academies: Tswelopele School (TS) Academy | Life Supers | Winners Park FC | Moroka Swallows FC| | Leruma United FC | Mamelodi Sundowns FC

Previous Club: Highlands Park Football Club, On Loan (2015-16)

The Scouting Report

Mental: Young footballers in defensive positions are easier to spot when they are out of their depth, simply due to the sheer speed of the game and the need for one to be up to the pace in order to compete and not look like a fish fresh out of water; composure is an essential intangible trait for a young player to possess if they seek to establish themselves in the game at an early age, Madisha Motjeka keeps a cool level head on the field and displays a maturity beyond his years, affording him the extra confidence to do his job and display his skills at any level. The drive to succeed and attain a positive result for the team is largely underrated in modern football, where “hero-ball” has slowly overshadowed the team ethos we once held so dear; a determined footballer like Madisha is an asset worth having, his drive to succeed is contagious and can often lead to the team overcoming a deficit or defying the odds. A natural born leader, Madisha Motjeka constantly looks to motivate his teammates and inspire those around him to reach their optimal levels; having skippered the South African u/20 side with aplomb, Motjeka has gradually established himself as a hot prospect with a high potential ceiling and the mentality to match.

Physical: The frantic pace of modern football, and the tactical enhancements those improvements brought forth, have necessitated the added incentive for coaches to punt for defenders who have the propensity to defend first, and master that facet of the game, before looking to help start things off offensively. Madisha Motjeka is blessed with great strength on the ball, and is able to hold off his opponent, while using his strength to win his challenges and nullify opposing attackers. An athletic footballer with a good build that is well conditioned for the more physical aspect of the game, Madisha is able to use his frame and combine it with a good leap off the group to compete as well in the air, as he does on the ground. As a taller player, for your prototype Mzansi footballer, one would not expect Motjeka to have a good turn of pace, but his mobility underpins his ability to cover good ground and get into great positions to avert danger. For a sturdily build footballer with a more imposing frame, Motjeka is gifted with good agility, which allows him to manoeuvre his body into position to make timely interceptions or intervene even when the angles don’t seem to favour him.

Technical: Well rounded defenders with a defence first approach to the game are fast becoming a hot commodity in the game; Motjeka Madisha fits that bill, by bringing so many tangible facets and skill sets that supplement his all-round game, “Ace” is a handy defender who wins his fair share of aerial battles and habitually makes it hard for opponents to get the better of him in the air, while being well versed in the art of marking opponents tightly and winning the ball via well timed interceptions and tackles. Motjeka has been earmarked as a hot defensive prospect for many just reasons, yet his ability to contribute on the offensive side of the ball, with his ball retention and overall distribution abilities, make him an added bonus for a side that looks to play from the back, and keep hold of the ball a lot more. The Tembisa born versatile defender is also capable of popping up with the odd goal, as witnessed in the 2015 12-Nations in Russia, where he was rewarded with the Player of the Tournament Award for leading South Africa’s u/20 side to Gold with his commanding displays and handy 3 goals.

Comparable To… Aaron “Mbazo” Mokoena (5/5 Tsamaya’s)

Written By Mallele Chidi Petje III (@MCPeTjeIII)

Wunderkind Watching | Examining The Effloresce Of Emmanuel Letlotlo

 
There is very little to be said about a forward that scores 5 goals in his debut trial match for a side; finishing ability is going to be Emmanuel Letlotlo’s ticket to superstardom, while his mental and physical gifts are impressive, the Klipspruit-born poacher is blessed with the natural ability to score goals and constantly sniff out opportunities to find the back of the net, traits that even the best coaches can’t teach...Click To Tweet

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 national superstar is one that only a lucky few get to undergo & complete; child prodigies can be found in every crevice of our beautiful country, yet one does not always get to witness a child prodigy excel and show signs of great promise at a tender age, as coaches are often under pressure to get immediate results and habitually punt for more seasoned professionals, 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 an elite level footballer with the gifts and aptitude to excel as a professional; 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/23 lads in the game and giving you an informative, enlightening and educational scouting report on some of the best young footballers in the land.

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Emmanuel Letlotlo

Bio

DoB: November 15th, 1995 (21)

PoB: Soweto, Johannesburg; Gauteng

Caps & Goals: N/A

Position/s: Advanced Playmaker, Deep-Lying Forward, Advanced Forward, Poacher

Preferred Foot: Left

Height: 1. 75m

Club: Kaizer Chiefs Football Club

Club Jersey No: #21

Contract Expiry: June 30th, 2019

Market Value: R 383 250

Career Club Record: 2 Games

Development Academy: Young Stars FC, Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development (2011 – 2016)

The Scouting Report

Mental: One of the reasons why so many talented youngsters have failed to take their opportunities to impress early on in their careers, is a lack of composure; you can have all the raw talent in the world, but if the speed and sheer pace of the game overwhelms you at the elite level, you will be hard-pressed to constantly display your talents at a young age and further your development at the next level. Emmanuel Letlotlo has displayed a high level of composure on & off the field, something that already stands him apart from many of his peers; having taken his opportunity to impress all and sundry, by repaying the faith shown in him at youth level, with an highly commendable return of 9 goals in 15 games for Kaizer Chiefs Reserves in the 2015/16 MultiChoice Diski Challenge, Letlotlo attracted interest from a couple of ABSA Premiership clubs, yet he showed the cool headedness to negotiate an improved deal with the AmaKhosi and ensured that his progress and displays were rewarded with remuneration and opportunities befitting a talent of his ilk, at the club the developed him.

Physical: The attacking aspects of modern football have improved so much in recent decades, that one would be remiss to think that we weren’t bound to see a resurgence of defensive awareness and stability across the fraternity; it has become increasingly pivotal for forwards to have the ability to find space against compact defences, a centre forward that can find room to fashion attacking opportunities for their side is an invaluable asset. Emmanuel Letlotlo is gifted with great speed of movement and thought on the field, his acceleration allows him to constantly outpace his marker and create headaches for his opponents, by effectively using that ability to eliminate defenders and also press high up the field without the ball; that raw pace is only magnified when coupled with his athletic build and the stamina to run his socks off pressing for 90 minutes. Having pace, stamina and agility makes Emmanuel Letlotlo an asset for his team in the modern game, due to his ability to create pressure high up the field, and seem to run like two players at times, which is a great asset in an age where most coaches prefer to play a lone striker.

Technical: There is very little to be said about a forward that scores 5 goals in his debut trial match for a side; finishing ability is going to be Emmanuel Letlotlo’s ticket to superstardom, while his mental and physical gifts are impressive, the Klipspruit-born poacher is blessed with the natural ability to score goals and constantly sniff out opportunities to find the back of the net, traits that even the best coaches can’t teach. Emmanuel is a naturally gifted footballer, his ability to control the ball from differing angles and afford himself an opportunity to do something productive with it is largely underrated, and underpins all his other talents on the offensive end; a forward that can score you a goal is essential, yet one that can also create for themselves, and their teammates, is an asset worth having for any side. Emmanuel Letlotlo is a constant goal threat that will only develop his ability with more development and game-time at the professional level, his propensity to also play a lot more than the average player with his weaker foot, is key to his scope for growth and unpredictable game; that dexterity on the ball allows him increased opportunities to score from varying types of situations, which will only add to his goal-tally, when added to his ability to convert from the penalty spot.

Comparable To… Bernard “Die Hond” Parker (4/5 Tsamaya’s)

Written By Mallele Chidi Petje III (@MCPeTjeIII)

Wunderkind Watching | A Ratiocinative Report Regarding Riyaad Norodien

 
Riyaad Norodien is blessed with a high level of creativity, and the natural gift to play on intuition and exploit any openings in the game to display his talents and benefit his team; flair and unpredictability make him a throwback to the classic Mzansi playmakers that entertained, while still playing to win. Click To Tweet

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 national superstar is one that only a lucky few get to undergo & complete; child prodigies can be found in every crevice of our beautiful country, yet one does not always get to witness a child prodigy excel and show signs of great promise at a tender age, as coaches are often under pressure to get immediate results and habitually punt for more seasoned professionals, 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 an elite level footballer with the gifts and aptitude to excel as a professional; 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/23 lads in the game and giving you an informative, enlightening and educational scouting report on some of the best young footballers in the land.

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Riyaad Norodien

Bio

DoB: March 26th, 1995 (21)

PoB: Kensington, Cape Town; Western Cape

Caps & Goals: N/A | South African u/23 International

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

Preferred Foot: Either

Height: 1. 68m

Club: Orlando Pirates Football Club

Club Jersey No: #26

Market Value: R 3 832 500

Career Club Record: 42 Games | 3 Goals | 5 Assists

Development Academy: Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy

Previous Club: Ajax Cape Town

The Scouting Report

Mental: Attacking midfield players are measured by their ability to be a threat on the offensive end of the ball; intangibles become more of a commodity, than a luxury, when it comes to players that are entrusted with creating attacking opportunities and offering differing offensive threats for the team. One of the key intangible traits we look for in attacking players is creativity; coupled with good technical and physical gifts, a high creative ceiling makes an attacking player often unplayable for opposition teams. Riyaad Norodien is blessed with a high level of creativity, and the natural gift to play on intuition and exploit any openings in the game to display his talents and benefit his team; flair and unpredictability makes him a throwback to the classic Mzansi playmakers that entertained, while still playing to win. Another one of Riyaad’s key mental traits is uncanny for an attacking player, Norodien brings a fresh level of aggression and determination to his game, which is effusive and very dangerous on either end of the field, due to his high work rate and ability to track back and assist his fullback or constantly wear down his marker and give as good as he gets by way of challenges.

Physical: The beauty of evolution lies in the lessons we learn from the progress made; speed, and necessity for pace have become one of the major factors behind modern football breaking into this new plateau, and elevating many of the standards set in the past, we now know more than ever that speed hurts opposition sides at any level and quick movement is a tactical weapon by itself, when utilised right. Riyaad Norodien is one of those footballers that seem like they could’ve easily been track or field stars, had he not been born to amaze us with his footballing brilliance; a gifted runner on and off the ball, Riyaad has great acceleration, which allows him to shift gears quickly and get by players from a standing start or on the turn. Good speed is often wasted on a footballer if they aren’t well co-ordinated and trained to best utilised those gifts; Norodien has displayed an ability to fuse his speed with great agility and good balance, to remain on his feet and ride challenges to gain an advantage for his side when on a run, traits that make him even more dynamic on the offensive end.

Technical: There is a long-held notion in Mzansi football that is reiterated whenever a player fails to control a pass, “can’t trap, can’t play…”; Riyaad Norodien is brilliant in his ability to bring the ball under his spell, and use his skills to do with it as he pleases, ball-control is a key skill for young attacking players to muster in order to be effective and have an opportunity to showcase all their other skills. Riyaad is cut from that special cloth one can be mistaken for thinking they don’t make anymore; a naturally gifted playmaker with the dribbling ability to constantly keep defenders on their toes like a salsa dance tutorial video, Norodien’s ability to go on either side, and play with both feet, makes him even harder to contain when coupled with his skill and artistic football mind. Young attacking players are often criticised for having great build-up play, and little in the way of end-product or final ball; Riyaad Norodien has shown glimpses of his ability to create and score goals with ease, that potential can translate into regular displays of great ability in the final third once he gets more game time and experience at the elite level.

Comparable To… Steven “Schillo” Pienaar (5/5 Tsamaya’s)

Written By Mallele Chidi Petje III (@MCPeTjeIII)