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The Kaizer Chiefs Naturena Village in all its glory. Image: Ernest Makhaya

Kaizer Chiefs boss Johnson picks out one positive from Nedbank Cup humiliation

Academy still in fine shape?

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The Kaizer Chiefs Naturena Village in all its glory. Image: Ernest Makhaya

Cavin Johnson isn’t completely crestfallen after Kaizer Chiefs exited the Nedbank Cup. Why’s that?

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Soweto-born star Mfundo Vilakazi, affectionately known as ‘Obrigado’ was an unused substitute in the 0-0 draw with Royal AM last time out but here he got his first taste of first-team action in the Nedbank Cup defeat to Milford. The 18-year-old was promoted to the first team in January and now he’s finally got senior minutes under his belt. Johnson had his say:

“There were so many moments that we had to score the goal, just the wrong technique at the wrong time,” said Johnson. “We hit the crossbar, the upright, you can’t do anything as far as that is concerned, and Mfundo came on and did quite well.

“For a young player who came on, and I put him on a really pressure game, I think he did well. I don’t think he lost the ball [throughout the game]. He’s got a bright future with Kaizer Chiefs.

“Unfortunately, tonight [Sunday], he was not able to show his real qualities, which I think would have come if we had scored the goal; then you would have seen how good he is at moving the ball. But he did well for me.”

Other recent academy graduates to step up to the first team include the aforementioned Mdu Shabalala, Wandile Dube and Samkelo Zwane.

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Say Ola to ‘Obrigado’! Image: Citizen

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