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South Africa's new era will be guided by the emerging talent that will be displayed in upcoming Bafana matches, which includes the likes of Ayanda Patosi and Kgosi Nthle

Bafana Bafana's positive 1-1 draw with Morocco in Agadir City was a step in the right direction for a side aiming to enter a new chapter, which will be fuelled by Gordon Igesund's bold ambitions.

With Igesund intent on developing Bafana Bafana into a force to be reckoned with on the African continent and worldwide, the team will need to rely on a combination of youth and experience.

The future of the side should be guided by a number of entrenched international players, but an element of the emerging talent will be a vital part of South Africa's revival.

The friendly international against Morocco allowed for Gordon Igesund to select inexperienced players, who will be targeted as potential future stars for the national team.

Will these five names be main features of the starting lineup come the 2018 World Cup? Goal South Africa explores the possibilites of the future stars.


The Belgium-based Lokeren midfielder has emerged as a talented creative playmaker during his time in Europe, scoring a few stunning strikes in the process.

The 20-year-old has struggled with niggling injury concerns at the beginning of this campaign, but is beginning to make a comeback into the Lokeren side as the season takes shape in Belgium.

If Thulani Serero is given another opportunity to play for South Africa, the duo could serve as South Africa's main attacking threats from the middle of the park.

Noted for his speed, visionary passing and finishing ability, Patosi was handed his debut for Bafana Bafana against Morocco, playing thirty minutes in the New Agadir Stadium. He could become one of South Africa's creative sparks as he continues to develop, possibly playing regularly as a winger or an attacking midfielder in the time to come. 


Williams will find it tough to break into Bafana Bafana's starting XI, due to the presence of Itumeleng Khune, but the 21-year-old has shown undoubted class between the sticks for SuperSport United and has been noted as the player who could take over from Khune in the future.

With Kortrijk shot-stopper Darren Keet providing even more competition for Khune, Bafana's goalkeeping department certainly does not lack depth.

After watching from the bench during the Morocco friendly, Williams may target a move to Europe in order to boost his prospects of moving up the pecking order.


Only 19, Nthle has already made great strides in League One for Peterborough United, impressing manager Darren Ferguson on regular occasions. Nthle will be hoping to replace the ageing Tsepo Masilela in the future, and has time to develop his already burgeoning talent.

Nthle played 23 minutes during the Morocco friendly, displaying his pace down the left-flank and willingness to provide Bafana Bafana with another attacking option. In the mould of Masilela, Nthle fits into Gordon Igesund's attack-minded focus for the national side. 

Orlando Pirates full-back Thabo Matlaba will serve as Nthle's greatest competition in the left-back position, but the youngster's ability will only continue to develop as he plays more consistently in Europe.  


Claasen's struggles to break into the national team seem like the distant past after his impressive performance against Morocco on Friday night, as the Lech Poznan creative playmaker set up Tokelo Rantie's opener with an incisive pass.

Claasen is the perfect replacement for the retired Steven Pienaar, as he possesses similar attributes to the Everton star, displaying his passing ability and vision against the Atlas Lions on Friday night.

He would feel confident about his continued presence in the national team after his performance, but the midfielder does face competition when May Mahlangu returns from injury.


Homegrown talent will also be important for South African football as they build towards becoming a force on the African continent and Bongani Zungu will hope to form part of Igesund's plans for the future.

Zungu's move to Mamleodi Sundowns has been beneficial, as he joins an ambitious team which has already given him opportunities to shine in the midfield.

Playing for 20 minutes against Morocco, Zungu showed off his ability to control the midfield and provide telling passes.

He played during the Cosafa Cup and will be a part of the Chan tournament which begins in January next year.