The new Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos arrived and scrapped the mentality that there are some players who are guaranteed a place in the national team set up, he came with the idea of using young players despite being inexperienced, he is the kind of coach who believes in young and untested players, as long as they have what it takes, he will give them a chance to express their talent in the big stages.
His first game in charge, the youngsters disappointed a little bit, though they did not lose, every body was expecting that they will manage to come back with a victory against the neighboring country Zimbabwe who had some challenges with regard to player availability, most key players were not available due to different reasons including Covid-19 and other logistics.
When they hosted the high rated Ghana, Broos made a few changes to the team that player against the Warrrios of Zimbabwe, he brought in one player who's contribution can not go unnoticed for a player of his age, he was just unbelievable during the second World Cup Qualifier game against Ghana at the FNB Stadium on Monday evening.
Born on the 1st March 2001, TS Galaxy's midfielder Ethan Brooks who have now featured in the Bafana Bafana set-up five times had a great game and his contribution towards the national team's victory can't be ignored.
The 20 year old, probably the youngest on the field on the day, was always in the thick of things, fighting for everything that was there for him to fight for, he was calm and cool as a cucumber when he had the ball on his feet, made it look very easy, he was not scared to tackle, he would stick his leg where he had to, the boy has a heart of a lion, never scared of anything, undoubtedly he is going far, the future is bright.
Brooks played 15 league games for his team TS Galaxy in his maiden season 2020/22 DStv season, he has by now been capped five times by the senior team since he got his first call up when Bafana was playing against Uganda, he was also part of the COSAFA squad that won the tournament.
This is the talent that we need to protect and nurture, make sure the player is in good hands, make sure that he plays wherever he is, the players we need for the future, just imagine how he will be in five years time, he will be bossing the midfield.
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