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GSV 20 | The 20 Best U/20 South African Players In The ABSA Premiership | Dylan Stoffels

The more opportunities young players get, to play quality minutes, at a young age, the better off for them, and us as fans, in the long run; the 2017/18 ABSA Premiership season was bound to bring changes, as teams repositioned themselves to fight the dominance of Mamelodi Sundowns, or compete with the ever improving force that is BidVest Wits, who now dominate the landscape, and rightfully so. 'Downs used a more cavalier approach, and bought the best talent, whatever the price, before adapting a more balanced model, centered around finding value in younger players and up selling in the future. Wits, on the other hand, built a dominant team on a foundation of young players, developed through their own academy, or roped in through their extensive scouting networks; the Wits model, is one SuperSport United had used for a decade, and seemed to temporarily abandon, after they failed to replicate the success of the era before.Click To Tweet

South African football has been on the cusp of a much needed resurgence in recent years, and much of that can be attributed to a more measured youth development approach at a few ABSA Premiership sides; we are beginning to reap the rewards, as a holistic football fraternity, through the influx of gifted young footballers on display at the elite level, on any given match day. While the MultiChoice Diski Challenge serves a great purpose, in providing opportunities for younger players to grow, we still need our best young talent playing at the highest level, against the best local players, if we truly seek to afford them with the maximal opportunities to flourish as fledglings.

The more opportunities young players get, to play quality minutes, at a young age, the better off for them, and us as fans, in the long run; the 2017/18 ABSA Premiership season was bound to bring changes, as teams repositioned themselves to fight the dominance of Mamelodi Sundowns, or compete with the ever improving force that is BidVest Wits, who now dominate the landscape, and rightfully so.

‘Downs used a more cavalier approach, and bought the best talent, whatever the price, before adapting a more balanced model, centered around finding value in younger players and up selling in the future. Wits, on the other hand, built a dominant team on a foundation of young players, developed through their own academy, or roped in through their extensive scouting networks; the Wits model, is one SuperSport United had used for a decade, and seemed to temporarily abandon, after they failed to replicate the success of the era before.

In all the dominance we see locally, or have seen sustained in the recent past, youth development is deeply rooted therein, which brings us to the GSV 20; a comprehensive list of the Best 20, Under 20 Players, you may have the opportunity to watch shine in the ABSA Premiership this season, sourced for your enjoyment, by our Talent Scout, Your Uncle Bob. Enjoy!

#TheTalentScout

Dylan Stoffels

Bio

Full Name: Dylan Tony Stoffels
DoB: May 2nd, 1999 (18)
PoB: The Bluff, Durban; KwaZulu-Natal
Position/s: AF, CF
Preferred Foot: Right
Height: 1, 79m
Current Club: SuperSport United Football Club
Football Pedigree: Wentworth Football Club (Amateur), AmaZulu Youth Development, AmaZulu
National Team: South African U/17 & U/20 International
PSL Record: 12 Games, 1 Goal

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GSV 20 | The 20 Best U/20 South African Players In The ABSA Premiership | Keletso Makgalwa

The more opportunities young players get, to play quality minutes, at a young age, the better off for them, and us as fans, in the long run; the 2017/18 ABSA Premiership season was bound to bring changes, as teams repositioned themselves to fight the dominance of Mamelodi Sundowns, or compete with the ever improving force that is BidVest Wits, who now dominate the landscape, and rightfully so. 'Downs used a more cavalier approach, and bought the best talent, whatever the price, before adapting a more balanced model, centered around finding value in younger players and up selling in the future. Wits, on the other hand, built a dominant team on a foundation of young players, developed through their own academy, or roped in through their extensive scouting networks; the Wits model, is one SuperSport United had used for a decade, and seemed to temporarily abandon, after they failed to replicate the success of the era before.Click To Tweet

South African football has been on the cusp of a much needed resurgence in recent years, and much of that can be attributed to a more measured youth development approach at a few ABSA Premiership sides; we are beginning to reap the rewards, as a holistic football fraternity, through the influx of gifted young footballers on display at the elite level, on any given match day. While the MultiChoice Diski Challenge serves a great purpose, in providing opportunities for younger players to grow, we still need our best young talent playing at the highest level, against the best local players, if we truly seek to afford them with the maximal opportunities to flourish as fledglings.

The more opportunities young players get, to play quality minutes, at a young age, the better off for them, and us as fans, in the long run; the 2017/18 ABSA Premiership season was bound to bring changes, as teams repositioned themselves to fight the dominance of Mamelodi Sundowns, or compete with the ever improving force that is BidVest Wits, who now dominate the landscape, and rightfully so.

‘Downs used a more cavalier approach, and bought the best talent, whatever the price, before adapting a more balanced model, centered around finding value in younger players and up selling in the future. Wits, on the other hand, built a dominant team on a foundation of young players, developed through their own academy, or roped in through their extensive scouting networks; the Wits model, is one SuperSport United had used for a decade, and seemed to temporarily abandon, after they failed to replicate the success of the era before.

In all the dominance we see locally, or have seen sustained in the recent past, youth development is deeply rooted therein, which brings us to the GSV 20; a comprehensive list of the Best 20, Under 20 Players, you may have the opportunity to watch shine in the ABSA Premiership this season, sourced for your enjoyment, by our Talent Scout, Your Uncle Bob. Enjoy!

#TheTalentScout

Keletso Makgalwa

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Bio

Full Name: Matlala Keletso Makgalwa
DoB: January 3rd, 1997 (20)
PoB: Mokopane; Limpopo
Position/s: AM, AP, AF, CF (Left/ Right/ Centre)
Preferred Foot: Right
Height: 1, 70m
Current Club: Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club
Jersey Number: 35
Football Pedigree: Mamelodi Sundowns Youth Development
National Team: South African U/20 International
PSL Record: No Games Yet

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GSV 20 | The 20 Best U/20 South African Players In The ABSA Premiership | Wiseman Meyiwa

'Downs used a more cavalier approach, and bought the best talent, whatever the price, before adapting a more balanced model, centered around finding value in younger players and up selling in the future. Wits, on the other hand, built a dominant team on a foundation of young players, developed through their own academy, or roped in through their extensive scouting networks; the Wits model, is one SuperSport United had used for a decade, and seemed to temporarily abandon, after they failed to replicate the success of the era before.Click To Tweet

South African football has been on the cusp of a much needed resurgence in recent years, and much of that can be attributed to a more measured youth development approach at a few ABSA Premiership sides; we are beginning to reap the rewards, as a holistic football fraternity, through the influx of gifted young footballers on display at the elite level, on any given match day. While the MultiChoice Diski Challenge serves a great purpose, in providing opportunities for younger players to grow, we still need our best young talent playing at the highest level, against the best local players, if we truly seek to afford them with the maximal opportunities to flourish as fledglings.

The more opportunities young players get, to play quality minutes, at a young age, the better off for them, and us as fans, in the long run; the 2017/18 ABSA Premiership season was bound to bring changes, as teams repositioned themselves to fight the dominance of Mamelodi Sundowns, or compete with the ever improving force that is BidVest Wits, who now dominate the landscape, and rightfully so.

‘Downs used a more cavalier approach, and bought the best talent, whatever the price, before adapting a more balanced model, centered around finding value in younger players and up selling in the future. Wits, on the other hand, built a dominant team on a foundation of young players, developed through their own academy, or roped in through their extensive scouting networks; the Wits model, is one SuperSport United had used for a decade, and seemed to temporarily abandon, after they failed to replicate the success of the era before.

In all the dominance we see locally, or have seen sustained in the recent past, youth development is deeply rooted therein, which brings us to the GSV 20; a comprehensive list of the Best 20, Under 20 Players, you may have the opportunity to watch shine in the ABSA Premiership this season, sourced for your enjoyment, by our Talent Scout, Your Uncle Bob. Enjoy!

#TheTalentScout

Wiseman Meyiwa

#38

Bio

DoB: December 27th, 1999 (17)
PoB: Pietermaritzburg; KwaZulu-Natal
Position/s: BWM, DLP, B2BM
Preferred Foot: Right
Height: 1, 73m
Current Club: Kaizer Chiefs Football Club
Jersey Number: 38
Football Pedigree: Tastic FC (Amateur), Martizburg United Youth Team, Kaizer Chiefs Youth Academy
National Team: South African U/17 & U/20 International
PSL Record: 10 Games, 1 Goal

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