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: June 26th, 1993 (21)
PoB: Daveyton, Ekurhuleni; Gauteng
Caps & Goals: N/A (SA u/23 International)
Position/s: Left Wingback, Fullback, Ball-Playing Defender, Cover Defender, Left Wide Midfielder, Left Winger
Preferred Foot: Left
Height: 1, 75m
Club: University of Pretoria F.C.
Club Jersey No: #3
Club Appearances & Goals: 33 Games, 1 Goal
Contract Expiry: June 30th, 2015
Development Academy: Davhana Shooting Stars
Market Value: R 1 625 000
GSV Potential Indicator: Jacob “Bobo” Lekgetho (3/5)
The Talent Scout Report: (Positional)
Picture a modern age defensive talent versatile enough to play as a left-sided ball-playing central defender or out wide in the fullback position without misusing any of his defensive acumen or ball retention ability, take that picture and enlarge it to locate a young man with the ability to become a mainstay in South African football. Junior Sibande is a confident and composed defensive talent that hails from an area known for developing some of the most creative and technically skilful players in Mzansi; those advanced pick-up games on the streets of Daveyton seem to have aided Junior in adding a solidity about his 1v1 marking and also adding a rare quality to his offensive game that sees him look comfortable in both halves of the field.
Junior makes up for his lack of stature with a good vertical leap and canisters of pace to burn, his positioning allows him to remain perfectly placed to intercept passes and utilise his pace to threaten the opposition as his side transitions from defence to attack. Sibande is a young lad with the potential to become a solid defensive asset for both club and country; Junior is a truly talented defender with a good head on his shoulders and the future is exceedingly bright for the lad. Work rate, pace, anticipation and determination are just some hallmarks of Sibande’s that place him in good stead to become one of the best defensive talents to come out of an area known for producing great attacking players.