Ajax, Chiefs, Wits & SuperSport Lead The Way With Former Academy Stars
Ranking The ABsa Premiership's Youth Success
Development will always be part of the beautiful game and in Mzansi there are several clubs that have succeeded in developing some of the biggest stars in local football. Today, we take a look at which teams’ youth academy stars have accumulated the most appearances.
When looking at the accumulative appearances for academy stars, the four clubs that have the most league appearances for players from their youth academies are Ajax Cape Town, Kaizer Chiefs, Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United.
Click through the images above to see which team’s youth academy products have accumulated the most Absa Premiership appearances between them.
Ajax Cape Town are renowned for their development structures, which have produced a wealth of stars in the past, such as Keagan Dolly, Thulani Hlatshwayo and Steven Pienaar. However, in their current squad, Nathan Paulse has made 185 appearances for four different Absa Premiership clubs, while the likes of Mosa Lebusa, Travis Graham, Toriq Losper, Bantu Mzwakali and Rivaldo Coetzee make up the rest of their staggering 638 combined league appearances. This puts them far ahead of any other team in the league.
However, Chiefs currently have five academy players on their books that have seen action this season, in the form of Itumeleng Khune, Lorenzo Gordinho, Hendrick Ekstein, Emmanuel Letlotlo and Bruce Bvuma. Between them, they have accumulated 259 appearances between them. SuperSport United have three players on their books in the form of Ronwen Williams, Denwin Framer and Teboho Mokoena, who have made a combined 181 appearances between them, and Bidvest Wits have three players that have risen through the ranks, including Phumlani Ntshangase, Phakamani Mhlambi and Reeve Frosler, who have accumulated a total of 101 appearances between them.
Meanwhile at the other end of the charts, Orlando Pirates have no youth academy players in their squads that have made any appearances this season, which may be a concern for those in charge of the club’s development structures.
These are the top five teams and they experience that they boast from their youth ranks:
Ajax Cape Town – 638 league appearances
Kaizer Chiefs – 259 league appearances
SuperSport United – 181 league appearances
Golden Arrows – 151 league appearances
Bidvest Wits – 101 league appearances