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.
DoB: December 28th, 1993 (21)
PoB: Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town; Western Cape
Caps & Goals: N/A (South Africa u/17 & u/20 International)
Position/s: Right Wingback, Fullback, Stopper Defender, Ball-Winning Midfielder, Anchorman
Club: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Club Jersey No: #27
Career Club Appearances & Goals: 7 Games
Development Academy: ASD Cape Town; Whitecaps u/23
Market Value: R 1 305 000
GSV Potential Indicator: George Lekgetho (3/5)
The Talent Scout Report: (Positional)
The sturdily built and mobile defensive unit named Ethen Sampson is a cross-breed between the fullbacks of the throwback era and the wing-backs of the modern age, a defence first full-back with the determination required to ensure that even the trickiest of wingers dreads coming over to his side of the field. A strong tackler with the composure to time his tackles well and not only win the ball but also ensure that the attacker thinks twice before trying to elude the Mitchell’s Plain born lad, versatile enough to apply his no-nonsense approach to defending in the more central areas of the field while still adding value to the side, Ethen is a confident young lad that has all the tools necessary to become an established footballer in the game for years to come. Having already shown the aptitude required from a young player, acclimatising well in an unfamiliar environment while spending time in the Premier Developmental League and still displaying the necessary traits required to earn a slot in the Vancouver first team, the ASD Cape Town graduate and former skipper already seems well on his way to having it made in the U.S.A and becoming one of the best South African defenders in the game for the next decade.