Kaizer Chiefs: With contracts expiring all over the place, this young man is their future


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Six Amakhosi players have contracts expiring in June 2023, and five of those players are aged 30, with Njabulo Blom being the notable exception among that group.

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This isn’t an ideal situation by any means, but it also presents the club with an unique opportunity. There’s never been a better time for Kaizer Chiefs to lean into its excellent youth academy than right now.

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Mduduzi Shabalala is one of the finest prospects to come out of Naturena in some time. Image: @kaizerchiefs / Twitter.


Mdu Shabalala is only 18 years old but fans are already excited about his insane potential.

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The gifted youngster has only played a grand total of three minutes for the club, but he’s already got his first goal in the famous colours of Kaizer Chiefs. It was a typical poacher’s goal, scored against Maritzburg United on the second day of the DStv Premiership season. Mdu is also part of the Bafana Bafana U23 setup.

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Shabalala is known for his balance, pace, flair, agility, dribbling and close control. It’s uncertain what his best position is just yet, but he can operate in a variety of attacking midfield roles. The new Khama Billiat?

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In a week where the focus has been on the Khunes and Billiats of this world, isn’t it refreshing to think to the future?

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