Best of Ke Yona Challenge
Challenge keeps revealing top talent
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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