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: Ayabulela Magqwaka
DoB: January 12th, 1996 (19)
PoB: Gugulethu, Cape Town; Western Cape
Caps & Goals: N/A (South Africa u/17 & u/20 International)
Position/s: Ball-Playing Defender, Cover Defender, Stopper Defender, Anchorman, Ball-Winning Midfielder, Deep-Lying Playmaker
Height: 1, 73m
Club: SuperSport United F.C. (On loan from Ajax Cape Town F.C.)
Club Jersey No: #32
Career Club Appearances & Goals: 1 Game
Development Academy: Ajax Cape Town Academy
Market Value: R 325 000
GSV Potential Indicator: Lucas Radebe (5/5)
The Talent Scout Report: (Positional)
When we speak of the future of Bafana’s defence, we hold our heads up high with pride in the players we are producing at all levels; one such defensive prodigy is a lad that could grow into one of the best footballers of his generation, Aya is a technically astute central defender with the mental toughness to compete against the toughest of forwards without looking outclassed while going about his business in an elegant manner that seems to defy the tasks he has to undertake on the field. Brave in the tackle and quick off the mark, Aya combines great defensive play with good offensive abilities to create the perfect modern age central defender; a young ball-playing defensive minded footballer is a rough diamond that could be polished into a star of Africa in the right hands, football has evolved to the point that many purist gaffers want their sides to play football from the back and build attacking moves using their defenders and this makes Aya’s skill set so unique and in demand.
Composed in the ball and efficient with his use of it, Magqwaka provides a safe and reliable outlet for his team when building from the back, all while remaining strong on defence; the lad has bags of potential and the determination to make full use of it too. The physical and technical gifts are more than enough to rank the lad as a star of the future in any generation, yet it is his gift of leadership that makes him even more of a commodity as a footballer; the lad could develop into a true leader and gentleman of the beautiful game on and off the field if he is allowed to develop into the player he is destined to be. The move to Pretoria should be the perfect chance for him to prove his elite level readiness to all and sundry while confirming to the Mzansi diski fraternity that he is for real.