Can Kaizer Chiefs’ Samkelo Zwane win the POTS award?

Kaizer Chiefs’ young Samkelo Zwane winning the MOTM award at FNB Stadium Image via @KaizerChiefs on X

Can young Zwane win the POTS award? – report

Can the potential 2024/2025 Player of the Season award go to Kaizer Chiefs’ young Samkelo Zwane? Let’s find out.

Can Kaizer Chiefs’ Samkelo Zwane win the POTS award?

Kaizer Chiefs’ young Samkelo Zwane winning the MOTM award at FNB Stadium Image via @KaizerChiefs on X

Can young Samkelo Zwane(22) win the Player of the Season award despite struggling to break into a poor Kaizer Chiefs side? Well, his goal is to do that exactly in the upcoming season. 

Chiefs midfielder Zwane has set an ambitious target for himself: Winning the Player of the Season title. Despite challenges, including limited game time since his promotion in the 2021/2022 season under former coach Arthur Zwane. Zwane remains determined under new leadership led by Tunisian coach Nasreddine Nabi. Currently in Turkey for pre-season with the first team ahead of the 2024/2025 campaign, Zwane is optimistic about his prospects.

Zwane’s journey and short-term goals

Reflecting on his journey to Amakhosi, Zwane acknowledged the competitive environment of the Chiefs’ youth academy. And the hard work required to earn a spot in the first team. Speaking to Chiefs media, Zwane expressed his determination: “When I got into the academy, it was quite tough. Because I saw there was so much quality… I was very determined and thankful that by the grace of God, I made it to the first team.” He outlined his aspiration to push for the Player of the Season accolade by the end of 2024. This is driven by his desire for success and fulfilling his purpose in football.

Fans and pundits alike are rooting for Samkelo Zwane’s success in senior football, believing he could become a midfield sensation in the Premier Soccer League. Yet he must still prove himself at the highest level.

Comparing to legends: Tinashe Nengomasha’s influence

But can Zwane emulate the likes of Tinashe Nengomasha? People see Zwane as comparable to Nengomasha, a respected former Zimbabwean midfielder who left a lasting impression at Kaizer Chiefs. Known as “The General,” Nengomasha’s decade-long tenure with the club saw him earn accolades such as the PSL Players’ Player of the Season and Footballer of the Year awards in 2003 and 2004. His influence extended beyond the pitch. In which he played a pivotal role in the recruitment of Zimbabwean talents to Chiefs.

Samkelo Zwane’s determination and skill have the potential to enable him to make a significant impact at Naturena, echoing the legacy of legends like Nengomasha. As he prepares for the upcoming season, the spotlight intensifies on Zwane’s ability to excel on the field and contribute to Kaizer Chiefs’ ambitions.

Does Samkelo Zwane possess the potential to become a force for Kaizer Chiefs? Having excelled in youth football, the next phase will define his future. Will people see him as just a talented youth player, or will he step up when Kaizer Chiefs need him most?