WSU Stars To Look Out For
Varsity Football has become a breeding ground for the next generation of local stars, none more so than the "poster boy" of the competition Thabo Mnyamane.
Mnyamane is just one of many success stories to have emerged from this competition. In this feature, we will look at those players who have stood out from the rest of their team mates and opponents and are more than likely to progress into the professional ranks.
First up is Walter Sisulu University, who made their debut in the competition in 2015 and, despite finishing the round at the bottom of the log, gave a very good account of themselves with their attacking style of play.
They may have only picked up a solitary victory and a draw from their seven matches but finished as joint top scorers with the likes of UWC, UP-Tuks and VUT.
We have highlighted three players who we think will easily make the step up to the next level.
The captain of the side certainly has massive leadership skills to compliment his match awareness. His off the ball positioning was a standout feature at the heart of the WSU defence.
He is a hard tackler who understands his role and executes it with ease while remaining calm in the most pressurised situations.
The midfielder was at the heart of almost every WSU attack. His pace and vision was up there with the most seasoned Varsity Football player and he certainly made many take note of his ability.
He provided the perfect link between the defence and strikers with his pin-point accurate passes finding its receiver on every occasion.
Any player who is called 'Messi' by his peers has a certain performance expectation on his shoulders and he has definitely lived up to that hype.
He caused headaches for every defender he came up against with his raw speed and nifty footwork. He finished the campaign as one of the top goal scorers and had plenty of assists along the way.
He is certainly up there with the best players to have graced this competition and will almost certainly find himself in the professional ranks, sooner rather than later.
While we have only focused on these three players, there is definitely a chance more WSU players will go on to further their footballing careers, especially with the revival of Mthatha Bucks in the National First Division and the relationship the students have built with Chippa United - who have already expressed interest in a few players.
Football in the Eastern Cape is certainly alive and well and the future definitely looks bright for the region, if the "bigger" clubs refrain from stealing the standout performers.