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: November 9th, 1993 (21)
PoB: Gugulethu, Cape Town; Western Cape
Caps & Goals: N/A (South Africa u/20 International)
Position/s: Advanced Playmaker, Attacking Midfielder, Trequartista
Club: Ajax Cape Town F.C.
Club Jersey No: #11
Career Club Appearances & Goals: 41 Games, 1 Goal, 5 Assists
Development Academy: Ajax Cape Town Academy
Market Value: R 1 950 000
GSV Potential Indicator: Frank Makua (3/5)
The Talent Scout Report: (Positional)
When you watch this technically skilled and confident ball caressing wizard weave his magic on the ball, you too will be converted into a Bantu fan; the lad has been blessed with the football brain to make some acclaimed trequartista’s look pretty dull in comparison, Bantu is the type of playmaker strikers dream about playing ahead of in their sweetest of dreams. A pass-first playmaker with the skill to take on players and create space for his teammates to run into while also coming fully fitted with the technique and vision to accurately pick out advanced teammates in better positions with passes that make for optimal chance creation. Watching the Gugulethu-born artist on song is like poetry in motion, the grace and awareness of space seem to come naturally and the flair appears to ooze out of the lad with every neat flick and creative caress of the football. It wouldn’t come as a surprise to me if you happened to see the football smile every time it’s in the possession of the Ajax Cape Town Academy graduate; he has that extra something special about him and in time all those natural gifts will be visible for the entire fraternity to see. Bantu is another class act from a successful conveyor belt of talent that is based out in the Cape at Ikamva where they proudly live by the creed, “No Youth No Future.”