Just a few years ago, Maphosa Modiba was an unknown youngster at the famous School of Excellence.
An opportunity to try his luck with the Nedbank Ke Yona Talent Search was the start of bright things for him.
Today he is an integral part of the Supersport United side and was one of the players who shone this week to lead Bafana Bafana to victory in the Plate Final of the 2018 COSAFA Cup that just ended in Polokwane, where he was born.
Modiba started as a left back but moved to being a winger, a position he seems to be excelling in.
He was part of former Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba’s U20 squad before being promoted to the Senior Team, where he made his debut in the same COSAFA Cup in 2016 in Windhoek, which South Africa won.
He last played for Bafana Bafana in September 2016 in the 1-1 draw against Mauritania, and was not considered the whole of 2017. But he bounced back for the Four Nations Tournament in Zambia in March this year under head coach Stuart Baxter.
Now he finds himself back in the COSAFA Cup squad – right where he started for South Africa.
With eight caps to his name, Modiba has scored two goals in the 2018 edition of the completion, and won a Man of the Match award in the 3-0 victory over Botswana – where he scored one of the goals.