Best of Ke Yona Chal­lenge

Chal­lenge keeps re­veal­ing top tal­ent

Sunday World - - Sport - By Sihle Nde­bele

With last year’s Ned­bank Ke Yona Team gem Bongani Sam, 19, in scin­til­lat­ing form at Bloem­fontein Celtic, Sun­day World has picked five play­ers from this ini­tia­tive who have po­ten­tial to se­cure top-flight con­tracts based on their per­for­mances in their 2-1de­feat to Free State Stars in the Ke Yona Chal­lenge last Sun­day.

Lu­nathi Mdatyulwa

Mdatyulwa, pic­tured , scored the Ke Yona Team’s only goal, the cherry on the top be­ing the man of the­match prize against Stars.

The left-footed lad, 21, from Hout Bay in Cape Town is quick, ag­ile and cre­ative. He’s a ver­sa­tile mid­fielder who ex­cels in an ad­vanced play­mak­ing role, as a winger on ei­ther flank or as an at­tack­ing mid­fielder through the cen­tre of the pitch.

Cameron Paulse

Paulse is a typ­i­cal No 9.

Though he did not score against Ea Lla Koto, this 21year-old striker showed glimpses of bril­liance.

He is good in the air and ca­pa­ble of play­ing off the shoul­ders of the last de­fender.

The Capeto­nian’s po­si­tional sense sets him apart from many of his peers in the Ke Yona Team. Paulse is def­i­nitely des­tined for greater things.

Lwazi Mg­waba

Re­turn­ing for the sec­ond time in this pro­gramme af­ter fail­ing to make the fi­nal team last year, Mg­waba is an all-out cen­tre-for­ward.

He also plays as a sec­ond striker off an­other striker, which the 20-year-old did tremen­dously well with Cameron Paulse last week. The Eshowe, KZN-born lad’s style of play is char­ac­terised by ac­cel­er­a­tion and strength.

Thabo Mo­gotsi

De­spite con­ced­ing two goals, Mo­gotsi, 23, pro­duced nu­mer­ous good saves. This shot-stop­per ex­cels in one-on-one sit­u­a­tions due to his abil­ity to time his runs ef­fec­tively when rush­ing out of goal to face op­po­nents.

This keeper from Welkom, Free State, dis­tin­guishes him­self with his quick re­flexes in spite of his size and im­pos­ing physique.

Nkany­iso Nene

As cap­tain of this team, Nene led by ex­am­ple. He mar­shalled the de­fence well. Nene, 20, is a strong de­fender with good aerial abil­ity.

He­com­bines his phys­i­cal gift with a phe­nom­e­nal tac­ti­cal in­tel­li­gence and knowl­edge of the game. The Pi­eter­mar­itzburg cen­tre-back does well at read­ing and an­tic­i­pat­ing plays and is ex­cel­lent at clos­ing down op­po­nents

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