DStv Premiership Rising Stars: Listing 5 Best Players Under 21 Years, Mfundo Vilakazi Included

DStv Premiership Rising Stars: Listing 5 Best Players Under 21 Years, Mfundo Vilakazi Included

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at March 1, 2024 at 7:12 AM
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  • Mfundo Vilkazi is considered one of South Africa's bright young prospects
  • The DStv Premiership has a swelling crop of young talent at multiple teams
  • The Multichoice Diski Challenge has been a productive way to groom players

Every week, across the domestic league, a young player shows glimpses of star quality.

South Africa's deep run at AFCON 2023, and the emerging talent eager to break through, has the nations' footballing community looking forward to the future.

Sports Brief has highlighted five players under the age of 21 who are not only on the radar, but are already becoming household names.

Mfundo Vilakazi, Shandre Campbell, Liam Bern, Jaedin Rhodes, Relebohile Mofokeng
Mfundo Vilakazi and Shandre Campbell are celebrated among the finest young talent PSL has created in many seasons. Photos: @_izoldlalaiTV and @hjmaluks.
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5 Best PSL players under 21

5. Jaedin Rhodes

Cape Town City's winger is full of tricks and flicks, as demonstrated against fellow title chasers, SuperSport United. With time, his eye for goals will sharpen and more mature decision-making will make him a prized asset.

Rhodes turns 21 in April and already has four goals and an assist to his name. Under Eric Tinkler, expect him to develop into a tormentor of defences.

4. Liam Bern

When in a relegation scrap, coaches call on players who sacrifice themselves for the cause. Bern has had little chance to showcase his ability in a struggling Cape Town Spurs team but his effort has been immense. On Spurs' website, he outlined his ambitions, saying:

“The goal going forward is to try look for a club overseas. I really want to go play overseas, that’s been my big dream and I really want to play for Bafana Bafana."

3. Shandre Campbell

Technically superb with a work rate that any coach would appreciate, Campbell is already one of the first names on Gavin Hunt's teamsheet.

His direct approach and delivery from open play bring out the best in his teammates, as shown by his four assists and two goals in all competitions this season, as per TransferMarkt.

2. Mfundo Vilakazi

The teenager shot to prominence in the Carling Knockout Cup All-Star game, where he put on an exhibition display for a winning team.

He made his Kaizer Chiefs debut against Milford FC, and FARPost relayed Cavin Johnson's thoughts:

"For a young player who came on, and I put him on in a really pressure game, I think he did well. I don’t think he lost the ball [throughout the game]. He’s got a bright future with Kaizer Chiefs."

1. Relebohile Mofokeng

Together with the young man above him on this list, the budding Sea Robber could define the Soweto Derby debate for years to come.

Mofokeng has already been tipped for European football and is the closest on this list to national team duty. Pirates fans will be begging that his natural flair and intelligence be moulded into an elite mindset.

Mfundo Vilakazi makes Chiefs debut

Sports Brief recently reported on Mfundo Vilakazi making his senior debut for Kaizer Chiefs.

'Obrigado' came on a second-half substitute in their ill-fated Nedbank Cup tie with Milford FC.

He came close to securing a dramatic victory in extra time with a powerful effort from distance.

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Jarryd Westerdale
Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.