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Impressive Stellenbosch FC Starlets Get Trials in Europe After Excellent DStv Diski Challenge Campaigns
- The DStv Diski Challenge is recognised the world over as a talent hotbed judging by the number of players snapped up from it
- The latest starlets to earn themselves trials overseas are the double-trouble duo of Fuad Johnson and Antonio van Wyk from Stellenbosch Football Club
- They have been on fire in inspiring the unfancied Maroons towards an inaugural reserve league title should they keep their composure with Orlando Pirates chasing them down
The DStv Diski Challenge continues to prove itself as fertile ground for European teams.
This time, the impressive Stellenbosch Football Club duo of Fuad Johnson and Antonio van Wyk have snagged themselves trials in Belgium with Royal Antwerp K.V.C. Westerlo respectively. Their outstanding form this season in the Premier Soccer League Reserve League has resulted in the Maroons becoming surprise log leaders with Orlando Pirates hot on their heels.
According to iDiskiTimes, the 19-year-old Johnson, who alternates among the forward positions, has been so good for Stellenbosch's reserves that he has earned four first team caps in the DStv Premiership and other cup competitions. Van Wyk has received a lot more opportunities with the seniors, racking up 11 first team caps as an attacking midfielder in the middle and out wide.
Johnson will link up with Kaizer Chiefs' Diski Challenge goalkeeper Bontle Molefe at Royal Antwerp, which is in the Belgian First Division, the top-flight league in the country. Van Wyk, on the other hand, will also cross paths with another Amakhosi young gun in the form of Mduduzi Shabalala at fellow first division outfit Westerlo.
For good measure of South African players' increasingly positive reputation in Belgium, Bafana Bafana player Lyle Foster won the second division and promotion to the Belgian top-flight with Westerlo. The club is now expected to land him on a permanent deal after he impressed during his season-long loan from Portuguese team Vitoria Guimaraes.
Kaizer Chiefs starlet could still be Barcelona or La Liga bound
Kaizer Chiefs striker Mduduzi Shabalala's possible move to Spanish heavyweights Barcelona might still be on.
As reported on Sports Brief, the 17-year-old-striker is currently on an extended trial in Belgium with K.V.C Westerlo.
It was reported in January that Shabalala was headed to Spain, but his trip had to be postponed because of Covid-19 travel restrictions in place at the time.