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Chiefs Explain The Process Of Promoting A Player

Mduduzi Shabalala once described as “one of the deadliest players” by coach Arthur Zwane has been promoted to Kaizer Chiefs’ first team, with Molefi Ntseki explaining what informs the club’s decisions in promoting youngsters.

Chiefs confirmed on Monday evening that the young sensation, Shabalala signed a first-team contact from the reserve team while also announcing the arrival of Dillan Solomons, Kamohelo Mahlatsi, and Lehlogonolo Matlou from Swallows and Siyethemba Sithebe from AmaZulu with Stellenbosch duo Ashley Du Preez and Zitha Kwinika having already been revealed by the Soweto giants.

Regarded in many quarters as Amakhosi’s next big star, Shabalalala earned a senior contract following his impressive performances in the DStv Diski Challenge, and Ntseki believes the 17-year-old attacker ticks all the boxes.

“A staff audit was done in the junior team to look at what we have, what we lack, and the type of players we need to bring in. This is because in projecting the future, you need to start with development,” Ntseki told the media at FNB Stadium.

“There, you need to estimate the physical height of players, the tactical projections with the players you bring in. You then do that by looking at the needs of the first team. And one of the needs in the technical team is quality players. We can pride ourselves in having a player like Mdu Shabalala who played in the Compact Cup and has played in the national team.”

Ntseki, who is Chiefs' head of Technical and Youth Development also explained the processes and steps taken when promoting a player from the development side to the first team.

“At Kaizer Chiefs development, the approach is you either you retain because the player still qualifies and has the qualities to play in that same age group, you release because the player when you do your projection doesn’t give you the qualities that you are looking for, you promote because the qualities required to go into the next level are there,” he added.

“So we have done the same in the past with the likes of Njabulo Blom, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Sabelo Rabede, Siyabonga Ngezana and Bruce Bvuma. You can see the direction we are taking. We are informed by the trends and requirements for the first team.”

Shabalala, who took part in the DStv Compact Cup earlier this year after being voted for by the fans, made his Amakhosi in the Premiership towards the end of the last campaign.

The talented midfielder also spent time on trial in Belgium and Spain this year. He was at Belgian club KVC Westerlo and went to Spain at Villareal, who had taken notice of his stellar performances in the Cosafa U20 Championship.

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