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Promising South African striker Siyabonga Ligendza looks set for a bright future in the game as he continues to make inroads in the United Kingdom.

Ligendza, 17, was born in Leicester, England, to a South African mother and spent most of his upbringing in Wales but does have a connection to Mzansi.

Having lived in South Africa for four years during his childhood, Ligendza went on to start his burgeoning career at the age of 10 at a local club before Cardiff City roped him into their prestigious academy.

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"When I was 13, in one of my Talycopa AFC games, I got scouted by a Cardiff scout and from then forward, I played football for Cardiff to where I am now," Ligendza tells

The teenager admits his time at the SkyBet Championship side has significantly improved not only his technical abilities but also his physical attributes.

"When I was younger, I was more skinny and got pushed off the ball a lot, now I've put on weight and I've got a bigger structure now. I like to hold the ball up now. I like to play the dirty side of the game."

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Although he represented Wales at U-18 level, playing for South Africa remains a priority that he would be open to if afforded the opportunity by the South African Football Association (SAFA).

"I've always wanted to play for South Africa, always. So it's my grandmother’s influence," Lingendza explains.

"As I grew up, my grandmother has always been a huge inspiration for me and that's the only thing I really want to do for her and play for my country one day."

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His mother also sprinkled some local inspiration, as the towering centre-forward reveals which Absa Premiership club she would like to see him in the colours of.

"My mother supports [Mamelodi] Sundowns. My mom loves them. So my mom always said, 'you will play for them, you will play for them.'"

Lingendza was top goal scorer last season at U-16 level netting an impressive 24 goals before being promoted to the U-18 side and featured with the U-23s.