At GSV, we take the self allotted duty of enlightening our readers on all matters sports related very seriously, especially when it comes to informing the fraternity as a whole about the stars of the future that are on the rise as well as those that are already making a splash in the fraternity at a tender young age; we are proud to present to you the GSV Hot List, the most authoritative young African talent index in the entire football realm. The GSV Hot List is our selection of the best u/23 footballers in their positions, ranking the lads against their competitors and giving you some information on the player; we aim to ensure that you remain entertained, informed and enlightened while growing your knowledge base. This is the Mzansi football edition of the GSV Hot List, we will provide you with the quintessential player index of all the premier youth Mzansi football talent in the fraternity; the GSV Hot List is your one stop shop to all your Mzansi stars of the future.
Full Name: Kwandakwensizwa Ishmael Mngonyama
DoB: September 25th, 1993 (21)
PoB: Claremont, Durban; Kwa-Zulu Natal
Caps & Goals: N/A
Position/s: Stopper Central Defender, Ball-Playing Defender, Right Fullback
Club: Maritzburg United F.C. (On loan from Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.)
Club Jersey No: 5
Career Club Appearances & Goals: 43 Apps, 3 Goals
Loan Contract Expiry: June 30th, 2015
Development Academy: Westville United Football Academy, Mamelodi Sundowns Academy
Market Value: R 2 600 000
GSV Potential Indicator: Lucas Radebe (5/5)
The Talent Scout Report: (Positional)
Mzansi has always had a penchant for producing refined central defenders that have an added air of confidence about them that allows them to marshal their fellow defenders with a well mixed blend of authority and composure; while it may have taken us a few years to do so, we seem to finally be adding to that elite list of players with the current generation of centre backs that seem to be lead by the Claremont born Kwandawensizwa Mngonyama. Kwanda, as he is commonly referred to in football circles, is a young central defender who has exhibited a high level of maturity for a lad his age and he has deservingly gained invaluable first team experience in the last two seasons as a professional; a born leader with the defensive acumen to put many far more seasoned cb’s to shame, Mngonyama has the potential to develop into one of the finest central defenders on the continent before he even reaches his peak as a footballer. Gifted with the match reading ability to compliment his excellent positional sense and seemingly snuff out trouble before it becomes a cause for concern defensively, Kwanda also has the physical gifts to be an excellent man marker with the ability to leave some of the best forwards feeling claustrophobic after spending the game neatly tucked in his back pocket. The lad has shown a willingness to become a complete modern age elite level central defender by adding to his game and developing into more of a ball-playing centre back that can be trusted in possession and utilised in the construction of attacking moves when the side looks to build from the back and draw the opposition onto them while shifting their defensive lines and creating more space for the attacking players to manoeuvre in. With players like Kwanda constantly improving and playing at a high level, Mzansi Diski is in great stead talent wise, it is now up to us as a fraternity to ensure that such lads reach their potential and become the stars they seem destined to be; Kwanda has the potential and mental aptitude to succeed at the highest level, and we at GSV continue to pray that he fulfils that potential and even exceeds our expectations.