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All Of The 'Big 3’s' Promoted Youth Stars

Which Players Have Been Promoted To Chiefs, Pirates & Downs?

By Soccer Laduma - Oct 01, 2017 09:01 AM

We take a look at the players that have been promoted from Mamelodi Sundowns’, Kaizer Chiefs’ and Orlando Pirates’ youth ranks to the senior teams this season. 

Youth team graduates commonly form the lifeblood of any professional team, with players more adaptable to their club’s culture and fans more prone to afford them opportunities to prove their value to the team. In the past, we’ve seen the likes of Itumeleng Khune, Happy Jele and Percy Tau all emerge from their respective teams’ ranks to solidify their places in the first team. These are the players that will be hoping to follow in their footsteps, having been promoted to the first team in the 2017/18 season.

Kaizer Chiefs: 

Wiseman Meyiwa (17) – Central midfielder

Meyiwa has been the talk of the town in recent weeks, having scored on his first team debut in the 2-0 win over Cape Town City and returning to action with starts against Bidvest Wits and Maritzburg United, while coming off the bench against Golden Arrows.

Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (17) – Attacking midfielder

Along with Meyiwa, Ngcobo made a name for himself, as he consistently produced good performances for Chiefs’ MultiChoice Diski Challenge team.

Khotso Malope (23) – Central midfielder

At the age of 23, Malope has earned his stripes by spending the last two seasons on loan at AmaZulu and with Thanda Royal Zulu, who were crowned NFD champions last season. He has already taken part in the 2-0 win over Maritzburg United as well as the goalless draw against Golden Arrows.

Yusuf Bunting (21) – Striker

Bunting was handed a four-year contract last week after impressing for the MDC team and gaining attention for his performances at the SAB U21 National Championship, where he scored 12 goals in five games, including two hattricks for Gauteng and being named Best Player of the tournament.

Mamelodi Sundowns:

Keletso Makgalwa (20) – Left winger

Another player to have turned out at the SAB U21 National Championship, for Limpopo, Makgalwa was instrumental in Sundowns’ title-winning season in last year’s MDC campaign, where he was also named the MDC’s Most Precious Find at the 2017 PSL awards.

Thendo Mukumela (19) – Centre back

Mukumela is a versatile option for Pitso Mosimane at the back and is able to play at right back and as a defensive midfielder – he’s even played as a striker before! He has also earned caps for both the U17 and U20 national teams.

Orlando Pirates:

Lehlohonolo Mtshali (22) – Centre back

Mtshali came of age in last season’s MDC and was identified for his composure, his aerial strength and strong tackles. Beyond that, he packs a powerful shot, which attracted attention after he scored a wonder strike against Bidvest Wits last season.

Yusuf Maart (22) – Attacking midfielder

Maart has already been in the senior team since March but has only played seven minutes on the pitch in two appearances in all competitions to date. However, the seven goals that he scored in the MDC last season is an indication that he’s capable of finding the back of the net and contributing when the strikers are having an off day.

Lyle Foster (17) – Striker

Foster has already made three appearances for the Pirates senior team, even grabbing an assist for Thabo Qalinge’s winner. He has also attracted interest from abroad and awarded praise from the head coach, Milutin Sredojevic, who called him “a special talent”.

Which club do you think has promoted the finest hot prospects this season?


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spitjolitjo Joined: 11 Apr 2012
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spitjolitjo Oct 01, 2017 12:09 PM
Lidliwe ichips izolo hahahahaha
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spitjolitjo Oct 01, 2017 12:09 PM
Lidliwe ichips izolo hahahahaha
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radzuma Oct 01, 2017 11:59 AM
But chiefs is not big three
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Matayitayi Oct 01, 2017 11:54 AM
Meyiwa is 22 not 17, he cheated his age.
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Trigonometry Oct 01, 2017 11:16 AM
Wiseman Meyiwa is a world class player.
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Dunu-Rats-Slayer Oct 01, 2017 10:40 AM
Meyiwa Ngcobo and Bunting top class
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Mavulela Oct 01, 2017 10:29 AM
Meyiwa is a talented player. Teams must keep promoting players due their talents not because tht they close to the familiar names. This will benefits our national teams.
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Mail4lyf Oct 01, 2017 10:27 AM
Khompela will not field most of this players he was under23 coach for S.A. yet he doesn't believe in giving young stars a chance we hv promising young players but not given a chance I still blv letlotlo, paez and moon can do the job for us upfront we need a new coach whom is not afraid to take positive risks n who believe in young players the current chiefs team got too many old players bo tshabalala, Parker , khune , masilela they r all key players which isn't good to rely on old players tym for young lads
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Matayitayi Oct 01, 2017 09:59 AM
Downs boys are top talent
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Tom Po KeCanon Oct 01, 2017 09:47 AM
The three big teams don't do bafana a favour by putting their starlets on loan to small teams or the bench. I hope Downs will give the promoted ones first XI against tamed toothless dikwena
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Mashayinkwele Oct 01, 2017 09:39 AM
Dts gd 4 yngstars nd sa as a whole

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