Mondli Mpoto is a name to remember. The South African wonderkid recently lived out every Fifa player’s dream by picking up the ball inside his own half, taking on a number of opponents, and carving out a goalscoring opportunity.
Mondli Mpoto: Wonderkid keeper being monitored by Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur are understood to have been alerted by Mpoto’s recent performances, and Mauricio Pochettino’s side are believed to be monitoring the wonderkid.
Admittedly, things didn’t quite work out for Mpoto, who, after setting up his teammate, was forced to watch on as his compatriot skewed the ball wide.
Mpoto is the goalkeeper of South Africa’s U17 team, and the above clip is taken from a match between Bafana Bafana’s youth team and their North Korean counterparts at the recent U17 World Cup in Chile.
MUNDIAL SUB 17. La locura del joven arquero sudafricano Mondli Mpoto https://t.co/q13d7gum7U
— Pasión Fútbol (@PasionFutbolFC) October 23, 2015
Some portions of the media have identified Mpoto’s audacious dribble as evidence of the ‘Neuer syndrome’, in homage of the German goalkeeper’s tendency to take on opponents with the ball at his feet.
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If Mpoto is capable of this kind of tekkers at only 17, then imagine what he’d be able to do in five, ten, even 12 years’ time when he’s approaching his prime.
Mpoto, nicknamed ‘Stavo’ and…erm…Lionel Messi, currently features for SuperSport United FC, one of Tottenham’s affiliated clubs. Should Spurs decide they want to move for the young keeper, then they would likely be in pole position to secure his signature.