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: March 26th, 1995 (20)
PoB: Cape Town; Western Cape
Caps & Goals: N/A
Position/s: Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Winger, Inside Forward, Trequartista
Height: 1, 68m
Preferred Foot: Either
Club: Ajax Cape Town F.C.
Club Jersey No: #31
Career Club Appearances & Goals: 5 Games, 1 Assist
Development Academy: Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy
Market Value: R 325 000
GSV Potential Indicator: Jabu Mahlangu (Pule) (4/5)
The Talent Scout Report:
There seems to be something ideal about the Ajax Cape Town development scouts and coaches when it comes to their procurement and development of top class young attacking midfield players; over the years, a talented young creative genius seems to come out of Ikamva every other season to amaze all and sundry within the Mzansi football realm. The next in line from this great conveyor belt of talent is a young lad that was almost lost to The Urban Warriors when his long running contract dispute saw him free to train with any club of his choosing before his welcomed return to playing professionally for the club that helped developed his precious God given talent.
Riyaad is a throwback to the old –school wingers with the versatility of the new age wide players that has been topped off with a unique array of technical and physical gifts to make for one dynamic and awe inspiring attacking midfield player with bags of potential in his locker. Blessed with the astonishing ability to dribble the ball while running at pace into threatening positions, Norodien makes great use of the danger he causes amongst opposition defensive lines by picking out teammates with accurate passes and crosses that make him a constant goal threat for his side. The sturdily built technician seems to be developing a greater sense of awareness in the final third and his goal account should be ticking over constantly after he gets his game together and builds up a run of games at the elite level while furthering his development. The future looks bright for a young lad that has already softened the blow of losing an influential and talented player like Keagan Dolly, Riyaad will be eager to go further than Dolly has already as an Ajax player and prove that the clubs investment in youth players pays off exponentially for all parties.