PSL club’s youngster closing in on move to Club Brugge – reports

Reports indicate that a PSL club has come to terms with Club Brugge over a transfer, with a talented youngster set to make the move to Belgium.

The PSL has seen a few transfers of young players to Europe in the past couple of years, raising questions about South Africa's player development.

Instead, the Major League Soccer league in the United States appears to be attracting a growing number of young South African players. 

Recent examples include the moves of Njabulo Blom to St. Louis CITY SC, Cassius Mailula to Toronto FC, and Bongokuhle Hlongwane to Minnesota United.

However, Orlando Pirates’ Relebohile Mofokeng and SuperSport United’s Shandre Campbell have been the ones currently sought after by European clubs.

Mofokeng has been linked with Rangers from Scotland. He was also invited for a trial at the English Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

CLUB BRUGGE SET TO SIGN SA YOUNGSTER, ACCORDING TO REPORTS 

On the hand, Campbell, who has also been linked with a few clubs in Europe is closing in on making a switch to the Belgian giants Club Brugge, according to iDiski Times.

The SA news website reported that the two clubs have reached an agreement over the 18-year-old.

Meanwhile, as per multiple reports, the young left-footer didn’t return for pre-season at Matsatsantsa as he’s set to jet out to Belgium to complete the move.

During a recent interview with SABC Sport, Mike Makaab, the player's representative, stated that it was “highly unlikely” for Campbell to remain in the DStv Premiership for the upcoming season.

He also insisted it would also depend on the player’s desire on where to go.

“This very much depends on the player’s desire, which we will support without a doubt,” he explained.

“Look at our national team, fewer players are going to Europe and we wonder why at times we can’t compete with other African countries. The majority of their players are in the top leagues in Europe.

“Nobody in their right mind would compare the quality of Europe with the PSL. We need to get players with supreme talent to the European market as soon as possible. There’s sadly not enough that are playing at this level.” 

This was Campbell’s first season the in top-flight having been promoted by Gavin Hunt at the start of the season.

He played 30 games in all competitions, scoring five goals and providing six assists.

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Nkosiyabuya Sithole, a young and rising sports journalist based in Durban, South Africa, harbors a deep passion for football. Nevertheless, he aspires to become a well-rounded journalist, adept in various areas of the field.

Nkosi's career began in 2020, working as a home-based writer during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has since written for various websites, including Briefly News, FiND-iT News, and The South African. Attending live sporting events is a particular pleasure for him, as they provide opportunities for interaction with sports personalities.

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