Unearthing football gems is what it's all about

12 December, 2019

The Multichoice Diski Challenge has perennially produced some of the best football talents in the country.

Unearthing football gems is what it's all about

The Multichoice Diski Challenge has perennially produced some of the best football talents in the country.

Apart from the notable gems such as Percy Tau and Lassina Traore, who are now playing Uefa Champions League football, the reserve league has been a conveyer belt of rich football talent.

Tau is playing in Belgian top-flight for Club Brugge while Traore is in the books of Holland giants Ajax Amsterdam in the Eredivisie.

They both cut their teeth in the MDC with Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town respectively.

There is talent galore in the expanded MDC season with plenty of opportunities for budding professionals looking to follow in the footsteps of Tau and Traore.

Mamelodi Sundowns, who are leading the log in the MDC, boast enterprising stars such as Promise Mkhuma, Neo Mphuthi and Cassius Mailula.

But there is more.

Here is a list of outstanding players, who have been influential for their teams in this campaign:


The 18-year-old midfielder has been touted as the next gem for Matsatsantsa, following his fine displays in the Diski Challenge, the youngster made his Absa Premiership debut for United in their league matches against Stellenbosch FC. He was the youngest player in the SA national team at the Under-20 FIFA World Cup early this year.


The production line at Bidvest Wits never seems to stop. Their latest find is Rowan Human, an enormous talent emulating striker Liam Jordan, who plays for HB Køge in the Danish league.

The Westbury-born Human joined Wits Under-13 in 2014 after having had successful trials at Marks Park. In his first season in MDC, he has taken the league by a storm leading the goalscoring chats with 10 goals from 16 appearances.


Shangase’s catches the eye with his energy, superior coordination and a ton of confidence with which he displays his dribbling skills and his impressive ability to shoot from range.

The 19-year-old striker has already proven to be one for the future.


After top-drawer performances in the ABC Motsepe League, the midfield maestro finally joined Sundowns this season.

Mdhluli has the ability to grab games by the scruff of the neck. He has established himself as the key figure in the Downs team. The future looks bright for the young lad, only if he stays focused and disciplined.


From the dusty streets of Soweto, the Bophela twins made their promising debuts last season. The two have helped steer the Buccaneers to a third spot in the league. Pirates coach Glen Salmon rates the two highly.


The talented attacking midfielder has played an instrumental role. No doubt his phoenix-like rise this season has been inspired by the likes of Njabulo Blom, Happy Mashiane and Nkosingphile Ngcobo, who were promoted to the first team.

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