11 August 2017 – The curtains may have been closed for the 2017 SAB U21 National Championships but the tournament truly stood out for the quality of football that was displayed during the week long tournament played at the NIKE Training Centre in Soweto last month.
The tournament is well known for introducing new & raw talent to the nation and this one was not in any way different, as a number of players grabbed the attention of scouts and players who were in attendance throughout the week.
One of the promising prospects that made a mark at the tournament was Mpumalanga striker Ntokozo Nkambule.
The lanky striker, who has great physique, first touch, positioning and an eye for goal had Thabo Senong and other coaches and scouts in disbelief.
“He should be playing in the PSL or the NFD. I don’t think coaches in the MDC will pass him. He’s a great finisher and he has composure,” Senong said during the tournament.
“He makes really good runs and his intelligence is way ahead of his years. I see him as one of the players who will have a bright future after this tournament,” .
Nkambule is following in the footsteps of Sphamandla Dhlamini, who lit up the 2015 edition that was held in Soshanguve where Mpumalanga finished as runners-up to Free State.
This year, it was Nkambule’s massive contribution up top that saw Mpumalanga make it to the semi finals.
With the SAB League season set to kick off in the coming weeks, more talent is expected to be unearthed in the country’s largest development league.