In recent years, the academy has once again showcased its ability to nurture promising talents, with several graduates making their mark in the first team. Let’s take a look at some of the most recent youth academy graduates from Kaizer Chiefs.
NKOSINGIPHILE NGCOBO : A RISING STAR WITH THE NUMBER 12 LEGACY
Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, whose nickname is ‘Mshini’ , born in the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg, is one of the academy’s success stories. Having joined the reserve team in 2014, he consistently displayed his skills and dedication, catching the attention of the coaching staff.
In 2019, he was promoted to the senior team and hasn’t looked back since. Ngcobo currently plays as an attacking midfielder for Amakhosi and is known for his technical abilities and vision on the field. With his impressive performances, he has earned the honour of donning the number 12 jersey that has been worn by the likes of Donald “Ace “ Khuse and Thabo “Tsiki – Tsiki “ Mooki.
SABELO RADEBE : A VERSATILE TALENT MAKING HIS MARK
Another notable youth academy graduate is Sabelo Radebe, who joined the reserve team in 2017 before recently progressing into the senior team in 2021.
Radebe has shown great potential as a versatile player, capable of playing in various positions. Currently wearing the number 33 jersey, he brings energy and determination to the team, adding depth to Kaizer Chiefs’ squad.
A RISING STAR IN AMAKHOSI’S FIRST TEAM : SAMKELO ZWANE
Samkelo Zwane is another young talent who has been making waves since his promotion to the first team early this year. Wearing the number 37 jersey, Zwane has quickly established himself as an exciting prospect. His speed, agility, and ability to create opportunities for his teammates make him a valuable asset for Amakhosi, especially in their quest to compete for the DStv Premiership this season.
KAIZER CHIEFS’ FUTURE PROSPECT : MDUDUZI TSHABALALA
Furthermore, the youth academy has produced yet another promising player in Mduduzi Tshabalala, who was promoted to the senior team in June 2022.
Tshabalala, donning the number 42 jersey, brings a combination of physicality and skill to the team. As he continues to develop and gain experience, he has the potential to contribute significantly to Kaizer Chiefs’ ambitions.
The contributions of these young players could prove vital for Amakhosi in their pursuit of success in the DStv Premiership this season. Their talent, combined with the guidance from experienced players and the coaching staff, strengthens the team’s overall depth and competitiveness. As the youth academy continues to nurture promising talents, it is clear that Kaizer Chiefs’ future looks bright.