Kaizer Chiefs FC is amongst teams that are good on trusting their products and promote them with the aim of turning them into stars that can end up playing abroad.
Apart from Mfundo Vilalazi who was spotted training Kaizer Kaizer Chiefs FC senior team couple of days ago, the latest reports can reveal that there is another teenager who has been spotted training with Amakhosi senior team with a possibility of playing for the the senior team in coming years.
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Cavin Johnson has welcomed a new 16-year-old talent to first team training.
According to reports, DStv Diski Challenge goalkeeper Takalani Mazhamba has been rewarded for his fine form by being welcomed to join the first team at training.
The South African junior international has reportedly been tipped for a big future at Naturena.
Johnson, who has a superb track record of fast tracking academy players into first team football, has opted to the rope the youngster in amidst a goalkeeping crisis at Naturena.
“Just before they closed for the mid-season recess, Chiefs welcomed a new face in training with the DDC side goalkeeper Takalani Mazhamba invited to train with the senior team.” – A FarPost report read.
“The young goalie has been in the club’s development structures for quite some time. And has the potential to be considered for the role between the sticks for the senior team in the future.”
Kaizer Chiefs interim head coach Cavin Johnson has opened up about the club’s January transfer window plans.
The Glamour Boy have struggled to close the glaring gap between themselves and rivals Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates.
The Buccaneers lifted the MTN8 title already this season while Mamelodi Sundowns also lifted the inaugural African Football League trophy.
Despite looking well off the pace, Johnson is adamant his side don’t need to bolster their squad.
JOHNSON OPENS UP ON TRANSFER PLANS
“Like I said earlier, I’m not interested in getting any players at the moment. We need to work with what we have, make sure that they come to the party and make sure that they believe that they are Kaizer Chiefs players.” Cavin Johnson said as quoted by SoccerLaduma.
“And that’s what we gonna work on during the break and now we’ve got a little bit of a holiday.
“I think five or ten days, we get back and we’ve got a little pre-season camp and we see what happens when we come back.”
In other news, just last week, Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos named his final squad that will take part in AFCON this month. Broos did not even include one Kaizer Chiefs FC player in his squad.
Mamelodi Sundowns FC head coach Rhulani Mokwena has revealed what he has learned from the Bafana Bafana international head coach, Hugo Broos.
Hugo Broos named ten Mamelodi Sundowns FC players in his final twenty three – men squad heading to the Ivory Coast this month(January) with a clear influence on the national team over recent months.
Mokwena said it’s a testament to the incredible work the club has done in terms of profiling and recruiting the right talent while also sharing some praise for the 2017 AFCON-winning coach for ignoring the outside noise around his squad selections.
“Firstly I must congratulate the club because it means we’re recruiting the right talent and it’s the club who does that. it’s not me, I don’t buy players, it’s the club’s players and they belong to the club,” Mokwena said.
“You have to give credit to the club, secondly credit to the players because there’s a lot of similar stories. Themba Zwane – the coach had written him off and said he’s too old but he didn’t go to the media and make a hoo-hah, he allowed his performances to speak for him.
“Today, he is one of the most important Bafana players, Sailor Mudau, the coach was resisting and resisting – what happened? He’s in the national team. So as a young coach, I looked at Hugo Broos and I learned two things…
“The first thing I learned is that you can always change your mind, wise people change their minds, but it’s the performances that need to speak for you so you change your mind and the second thing is loyalty.
“You see how loyal Hugo Broos is? You guys can make all the noise you want, but Nyiko Mobbie will be there, he’s loyal, very, very loyal. He’s loyal to the players who are loyal to him and I think modern-day society, not just football lacks these soft skills and values.”
Mokwena went on to state that many could heed the Belgian’s example and stated Sundowns are pedantic and meticulous when signing players as they look to maintain squad harmony and professionalism for further success.
“You can see he is very old school, he says things as they are and sometimes people don’t like it because he’s brutally honest. But honesty, loyalty and respect are values that modern society has gone without.
“People are surprised when someone is honest or loyal – people are surprised when someone is respectful it’s crazy how the world is at the moment and it’s a very sad state of affairs, that’s why when you play [or join] Sundowns you need to be a good human being first, that’s the first discussion, are you a good person which we look at and follow.
“We check your friends, influences and we look behind, we check because we don’t want bad people in our space.”
Bafana are set to start camp on 4 January in the Western Cape at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (SAS).