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U17 Star Settles At Wits As Olympics Approach

South African U17 star, Sibongakonke Mbatha, was arguably Mzansi’s only player to leave a lasting mark in Chile, earning a move to Bidvest Wits this year.

Read: Wits Snap Up U17 Star

The tireless midfield man, who turned 18 in January, put on a number of impressive performances during the U17 World Cup last year, and has now begun to settle in at the Braamfontein outfit after leaving the School of Excellence at the end of 2015.

Now, as the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro approach, the midfielder says that he is happy with how things are going at Wits, saying that he is enjoying the new environment.

Speaking to the Siya crew, the talented teen said, “It’s so far so good here, it's a new environment but I settled well and I am enjoying it. To be honest it doesn't differ that much from the School of Excellence other than how we play.

“Here (at Wits) we've got a whole lot of different styles of play but at the end the common goal between here and the School of Excellence is to develop a fully rounded footballer.”

Mbatha is already believed to have left a lasting impression on the youth coaches at Wits despite only being there for a short amount of time, and given his showing in Chile, his performances in South Africa’s youth leagues may be rewarded with a seat on the play to Brazil in August.

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