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: Botshelo Sibson Mfulwane
DoB: August 27th, 1993 (21)
PoB: Ga-Rankuwa, Tshwane; Gauteng
Caps & Goals: N/A
Position/s: Advanced Forward, Complete Forward, Target-Man
Preferred Foot: Right
Height: 1, 89m
Club: University of Pretoria F.C.
Club Jersey No: #21
Club Appearances & Goals: 2 Games
Development Academy: University of Pretoria (Spartak)
Previous Club: TUT (Varsity Football), Soshanguve Sunshine
Market Value: R 325 000
GSV Potential Indicator: Shaun Bartlett (3/5)
The Talent Scout Report: (Positional)
Overcoming adversity may seem like it should be an easy task when one is a towering 1, 89 metre tall man mountain with the vertical leap of an elite level basketball player and the athleticism of a much smaller and more agile athlete; yet no matter who you are it takes an incredible amount of heart and dedication to the purpose for one to overcome challenges on their route to fulfilling their purpose. Long, as Botshelo is affectionately known, was originally cut from the AmaTuks side as a teenager in 2012 when it was deemed that he could not make the grade at the club; the iron-willed talented young lad took his services across town where he enrolled at TUT and played great football while continuing his studies.
Botshelo scored goals in front of a national audience and his brace on his Varsity Football debut against Tuks was probably more than enough proof that they had made a mistake in letting the lad leave; a great 2 year stint away from the club where the lad grew in character and showed his class was ended with a return to LC de Villiers in 2014 where he continued to score goals at USSA Gauteng League level while having enough in the back to lend to the cause of Soshanguve Sunshine in the Vodacom League as well in a supreme showing of goal scoring proficiency. Long continued t bang in goals for the Spartak FC satellite team and earned a call-up to the senior squad in July of 2014 as Tuks looked to help the lad take his game even further.
Long is not your average Mzansi forward by any stretch of the imagination, while his mind and abilities show that he is well versed in the art of playing Diski in that beautiful Mzansi way, his body is very European in many regards and that build is one that makes for a fearsome threat when you consider his other tangible skills and throw in that added intangible ability of being supremely composed when presented with a chance, for good measure. There have been few genuine finishers in Mzansi football over the last decade and some of the one we have been fortunate to have, seemed to do so while defying all logic at times; Long may be one of the new generation players sent to help curb that trend and afford us the opportunity of watching a premier level finisher do the job on a weekly basis. The lad does not lack confidence in his own abilities, and rightly so, AmaTuks could be sitting on a goal machine ready to rip through any defence once its fully developed and set onto its natural automatic function.