Kaizer Chiefs are monitoring the progress of a winger from the National First Division and today we take a look at how other NFD stars have performed after making the step up from the NFD.
It was reported in Soccer Laduma issue number 1025, it was reported that Amakhosi are monitoring AmaZulu winger, Augustine Ramphele, who has scored four goals in 15 appearances for the second-tier team, as they look to rejuvenate their squad with a promising youngster.
However, whenever signing players from lower leagues, it always poses a risk because players could struggle to adapt to a higher level of competition. Let’s take a look at how previous signings of this nature have done.
Kutumela signed for Orlando Pirates in the July/August transfer window in 2016, after impressing with Baroka FC, having guided the club to the NFD title, finishing as the 2015/16 season’s top scorer. However, he has failed to impress at the Buccaneers, making just five league appearances and scoring one goal
Hlanti spent three years at AmaZulu, before completing a loan move to Bidvest Wits in January 2016 and performed so well that he earned a Bafana Bafana call up. He was later signed on a permanent basis in July 2016, making 26 appearances and two assists, establishing himself as one of Gavin Hunt’s key players as his team marched to the 2015/16 Absa Premiership title.
Mhlambi joined Thanda Royal Zulu in 2006, having made his name at Benoni Premier United in the NFD, alongside the likes of Bernard Parker and Tsepo Masilela and, while he did score eight goals in 25 appearances for Thanda in the 2006/07 season, he earned a move to Orlando Pirates, where he made just five appearances and scored no goals. He later joined African Warriors to play his trade in the NFD once again.
Bhengu made his way through several local sides including Moroka Swallows, Mpumalanga Black Aces and Chippa United, but ended up establishing himself in the NFD, where he scored a record 22 goals in the 2014/15 season. A move to SuperSport United followed, but he made just three league appearances before joining Royal Eagles on a free in August 2016.
While “Shabba” earned his stripes in the Chiefs academy, he had spells at Alexandra United and Free State Stars, who were relegated to the NFD at the end of the 2005/06 campaign and returned to the Chiefs senior team in January 2007. He has since gone on to establish himself as a club legend, winning two league titles and scoring 45 goals and making 64 assists in 258 appearances.
So, before Chiefs make the decision to sign Ramphele, it’s worth considering that he could have a tough time adapting to the league, much like Thabiso Kutumela did. However, the young winger could prove to be a revelation and take like a duck to water at Chiefs, just as Tshabalala has.
Do you think Ramphele could be the next Shabba?