Platinum Stars wing Katlego Otladisa in action. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG - Katlego Otladisa announced himself to South African football in grand style, tormenting Maritzburg United as Platinum Stars advanced to the last eight of the Telkom Knockout.

The 21-year-old was a breath of fresh air with his pace, skills and exuberance. He is one for the future and should grow under coach Roger de Sa, who knows how to get the best out of young players.

Another winger stole the show this weekend. Thabo Qalinge had a field day with Golden Arrows’ defenders, even scoring the goal that took Orlando Pirates to the last eight.

Qalinge has been the Buccaneers’ most exciting player this season, finally coming out of his shell to be a match-winner.

George Maluleka is another player who is finding his groove. The former striker’s weakness has been scoring consistently.

He argued that the team’s game plan doesn’t allow him to go forward as much as he would like. But he is making the most of the space he gets when he does get into attack.

Maluleka anchors the midfield, along with Senegalese hardman Issa Sarr.

Behind Sarr is a defence that features Mpho Mvelase, Paseka Mako, Tshepo Rikhotso and Sibusiso Mbonani, with Dino Visser in goal.

After a shaky start, the Platinum Stars goalkeeper is looking solid.

He was influential in his team’s win on penalties after the match ended goalless against Maritzburg.

Egyptian forwarder Ahmed Amr Gamal leads the attack after netting a brace against Free State Stars as Bidvest Wits broke the hoodoo Ea Lla Koto had over them in the Telkom Knockout.

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