Platinum Stars head coach Cavin Johnson has revealed that Kobamelo Kodisang is highly regarded by renowned Dutch coach Foppe De Haan.
Kodisang was handed his Absa Premiership debut two days before his 16th birthday by Johnson earlier this season as Dikwena defeated Golden Arrows 2-0.
The speedy midfielder, who impressed during the 2014/15 Multichoice Diski Challenge, is part of the South Africa's under-17 squad at the Chile 2017 Fifa World Cup.
“Kodisang is an excellent player. I think he's one of the youngest players in their team at the moment," Johnson told Goal.
“I discovered him when he was 10 years old. He has come a long way since then and has been training with me and the first team this season," he said.
"I heard that during one tournament Foppe De Haan watched him and said that there is only one player he would take overseas, and that was Kodisang. So that settled it for me," Johnson revealed.
“We held trials when I was still the head of the youth at Platinum Stars. We had about 400 people from the area," he explained.
"We whittled it down to under 40. He was one of the first players we took to the Platinum Stars academy," the former SuperSport United coach added.
“He is a central midfielder, and as he gets older, I think and hope he will play just behind the strikers, but his speed and skill will allow him to play on the wing," he continued.
"I wish him the very best at the World Cup," Johnson concluded.