Kaizer Chiefs

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

Kaizer Chiefs make exciting first-team promotion

The pathway from youth football to the Kaizer Chiefs first team is becoming clearer by the day.

Kaizer Chiefs

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

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of teenage Kaizer Chiefs talent Mfundo Obrigado Vilakazi.

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Vilakazi is officially a first-team Kaizer Chiefs star

After impressing in the Carling All-Stars match against Stellenbosch, 18-year-old Mfundo Vilakazi has been in the news for all the right reasons. Reports emerged that he was on the brink of a first-team promotion, and that news was confirmed by Amakhosi’s DStv Diski Challenge coach, Vela Khumalo, as reported by Unplayable. “Obrigado” is known for his flamboyance and showboating off both flanks of the attack. His goal in the aforementioned All-Stars game also showed off his mastery from dead-ball situations.

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Kaizer Chiefs Obrigado Mfundo Vilakazi
Say Ola to ‘Obrigado’! Image: Citizen


Meanwhile, South Africa is back at the top table of African football. They open up Group E against the Malian Eagles on Tuesday 16 January at 22:00 local time. The other sides in Group E are Namibia and Tunisia. According to FIFA, Mali is ranked 51st in the world, while South Africa is 66th. Mali star Moussa Doumbia Moussa has assisted Mali’s last three goals scored in open play at the Africa Cup of Nations and scored six goals for the Mali national team, more than any other player in the squad for the tournament.

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Meanwhile, hit up James Freemantle for more insights, analysis and love for the beautiful game.

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