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: Menzi Alson Masuku
DoB: April 15th 1993 (22)
PoB: KwaMashu, Durban; Kwa-Zulu Natal
Caps & Goals: N/A (SA u/20 International)
Position/s: Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Trequartista, Winger, Inside Forward
Preferred Foot: Right
Club: Orlando Pirates F.C.
Club Jersey No: #26
Club Appearances & Goals: 5 Games, 4 Goals
Contract Expiry: June 30th, 2017
Development Academy: Africa Sport Youth Development Academy
Market Value: R 325 000
GSV Potential Indicator: Jabu Mahlangu (Pule) (4/5)
The Talent Scout Report: (Positional)
The lack of depth within scouting networks at many Premier League and First Division sides has led to countless talented young footballers falling through the cracks in the system, Mzansi Diski has lost many of its best talents due to a lack of thorough scouting and a national development culture; ambitious institutions like Harold “Jazzy Queen” Legodi’s Africa Sport Youth Development Academy give us hope in such trying times and one of their graduates has begun to establish himself as a player to take note of.
The KwaMashu born dribbling wizard has patently bided his time in the game and worked on his craft until the opportunities came for him to exhibit his art, Orlando Pirates knew that they were signing a player on potential but Menzi has shown that he can make the grade at such an illustrious club on ability. Well versed in the art of taking on opposition players and eliminating them from the equation, Menzi is the type of offensive threat South African fans love getting off their seats to ovate; a creative technician with brilliant balance on the field that adds grace to his class and refines his artistry in a manner that is befitting of the great entertainers of yesteryear.
Dedication to bettering one’s craft is often the distinguishing factor between talented young players fulfilling their potential or falling short of where they should have reached; Menzi has portrayed an eagerness to better himself as a footballer and add more facets to his game as he prepares to cement himself as an elite level performer. The lad has added a new goal threat to his game that makes him more than a creator of chances and provider of assists, his positional sense has continued to improve and it will only add to his offensive versatility and potency as a creative player.