Fourth-choice Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Bontle Molefe is being earmarked for big things but has been absent for most of this campaign. Where is the successor to Itumeleng Khune right now?
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The Glamour Boys tied youth academy product Molefe down to a new long-term contract earlier this year. He sits behind Brandon Petersen, club skipper Itumeleng Khune and Bruce Bvuma in the goalkeeping pecking order, but big things are expected of the youngster, who is seen as the eventual and natural successor to Khune. The current club captain also came through the youth ranks, starting his journey at the club aged 12.
Molefi was born in Soweto and has been part of the furniture at the club since Ernst Middendorp was still around. He and Mdu Shabalala both travelled to Belgium in April last year to enjoy a short trial with Royal Antwerp.
A wrist injury has ruled Molefe out of action for the majority of the 2023-24 campaign.
“He’s nursing a wrist injury and is going through rehab. He will be out for a while,” a source close to FarPost said.
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On the plus side for head coach Molefi Ntseki, however, is news that Ranga Chivaviro, Keagan Dolly, Edmilson Dove and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo are all back in training and nearing full fitness.
“Hopefully, when we come back from the FIFA week, we’ll have a full squad, and all the players will be available,” Ntseki said recently.
When Molefe returns, he’ll be eager to push the other three keepers for a starting berth. He has represented South Africa at U17, U20 and U23 levels and will be expected to push on from here to realize his undoubted potential.
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