Chiefs’ Latest Signing Speaks: “I’m Grateful…”
He’s new to the Ernst Middendorp’s Kaizer Chiefs setup, but Njabulo Blom already knows the consequences of playing for a ‘big club’ like the Amakhosi.
The 19-year-old defender, a product of Chiefs’ youth academy, made the club’s matchday squad against SuperSport United last weekend, however is still waiting for his debut following Middendorp’s decision to promote him into the senior team earlier this month.
Blom has already impressed at youth level for both club and country, but now he’s awaiting the chance to showcase his talents in the Absa Premiership and he has spoken today – on Human Right’s Day – of what it means to him to play for a club like the Glamour Boys.
As South Africa honours those that died at the Sharpeville Massacre on this day in 1960, Blom told the club’s official website, “It’s a holiday, I know, but most importantly it’s a time to reflect and remember the many people who paid with their dear lives during the struggle days… I’m thinking of rights such as having a place of shelter and freedom of expression. I’m grateful as well that as a youngster I have this opportunity to express my talent at a big club like Kaizer Chiefs.
“I just wish that the youth could be a little bit more patient in their actions. We need to put in more effort to demonstrate dedication and commitment in what we do in life. I know with rights come a huge responsibility. Our conduct must demonstrate that we are ready to be counted as good citizens in the future.
“I am calling on my fellow youth to remember this day. This is the day that contributed to our lives and got us liberated from the apartheid legislation. It is important to respect this day and honour the fallen heroes.”
The tragedy in 1960 saw 69 people killed and 180 more were wounded as police opened fire at a peaceful crowd in Pimville, and today commemorates those that lost their lives 59 years ago.