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Chiefs' Youngsters First-11 Readiness

Kaizer Chiefs fans had the opportunity to see possibly the future of the club when a team comprised mainly of development players took on Ke Yona FC on Sunday (February 2) in the Nedbank Cup.

The match was broadcast live nationally on both Sabc and SuperSport.

The Siya crew looked at the starting line-up to assess Chiefs' youngsters first-11 readiness.

Goalkeeper - Brilliant Khuzwayo  

Chiefs' number two gave a solid and confident display. His agility and composure really stood out and he made a very good first half save from a dipping shot. Looked the full package and seems a very good backup to Itumeleng Khune. Appears ready for PSL football. 

Left back - Jimmy Jambo

While not a development prospect, Jambo's return to competitive action must have warmed the hearts of Chiefs' fans. The player suffered a terrible injury close to two years ago and this was his first match back in the spotlight. Perhaps the best part of his display is that he went into some 50/50 contact tackles unscathed. A solid 30 minute display by the Zimbabwean but still some time away from PSL action. 

Central defender - Lorenzo Gordinho

Gordinho was largely untroubled by Ke Yona's attack but was solid and capable when called upon. Possibly not the hardest test for the youngster but he showed enough potential to suggest he has a future at the highest level. 

Central defender - Zitha Macheke

Like Gordinho, Macheke had a quiet afternoon at the back. The player was decent in possession and passed the ball out from the back with ease. He perhaps needs a stronger examination of his defensive abilities by playing against better opposition.

Right back -  Nkululeko Tshangane 

Like the rest of the back four, Tshangane was given a quiet afternoon at the back. He was barely threatened throughout the match and when he was he dealt with the situation efficiently. However, he looked a promising prospect. 

Left winger - Philani Cele

The free roaming Cele looks lively and skilful in one-on-one situations. Memorably left Ke Yona's right back for dead with a stop and go turn of pace in the first half. While full of energy and creativity, perhaps lacked a final product on the day. Still looks a hot prospect at PSL level.

Central midfielder - Chris Matombo

Matombo distributed the ball nicely and showed a good change of direction at times. Looked to be the one who Chiefs relied upon to really get them playing. Surprisingly, was substituted at half time because up to then had looked the club's most productive player. A player with potential at PSL level. 

Central midfielder - Lucky Baloyi

Baloyi is an experienced PSL midfielder and it showed against Ke Yona. The 22-year-old showed his pedigree by keeping the shape in midfield and by keeping Chiefs on the front foot. Gave a polished display.

Right winger - Itumeleng Moshobane

A player with pace who looks to get behind teams, Moshobane gave a decent display. Perhaps lacked a final delivery as he either overhit his final ball or played it into an area where it was difficult for anyone to attack. Possibly needs to show more to step up to the next level. 

Striker - Hendrick Ekstein 

Playing in more of a number 10 role, Ekstein was perhaps the brightest of Chiefs' young talents on display. Had elements of Siphiwe Tshabalala in his movement and distribution. Showed good composure to keep the ball in tight situations further forward. Looked a hot prospect for the future.

Striker - Nicholas Mynhardt

Showed a willingness to try and take up good positions but was perhaps isolated at times as Ke Yona packed in defensive numbers around the box. Only showed glimpses of his potential and was subbed out later in the game. Perhaps needs to be more involved in the build-up play to take his game to the next level.

What's your take on Chiefs' youngsters? Did they impress you?

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