Look how young Junior Khanye was for his Kaizer Chiefs debut season. He was just 17. Image: @KickOffMagazine/ Twitter.

A surprise: Khanye praises two Chiefs players

Junior Khanye isn’t easily impressed, especially by Kaizer Chiefs – but something different happened at FNB last Saturday.


Look how young Junior Khanye was for his Kaizer Chiefs debut season. He was just 17. Image: @KickOffMagazine/ Twitter.

Former Kaizer Chiefs winger Junior Khanye has nearly built a punditry career as an Amakhosi critic. It has now become news when he says something cheery about the club.

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As some of us have been yearning since last season, Shabalala should be at least be on Chiefs’ bench in every game.

According to Khanye – after watching the Carling Black Label Cup last weekend – the player known as ‘Mdu or Die’ needs a bigger opportunity.

“Mduduzi needs to be given a greater platform,” Khanye told Kick Off.

“Coming into a derby at his age and not losing the ball, says a lot.

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“Most players, even those who are experienced, when you throw them in at the deep end, they shrink.

“On Saturday, Shabalala went in and changed the game. What I love about Shabalala is that he is very skilful, these are the types of players Chiefs should introduce more.”

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Kaizer Chiefs hand Mduduzi Shabalala a three-year first-team contract in June 2022. Photo: @KaizerChiefs / Twitter.


The Daveyton-born Khanye took the moment to praise Shabalala’s close peer, Samkelo Zwane who was also introduced in the Chiefs game against Pirates.

“To dribble with purpose and to create something. Mduduzi, Zwane, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, I think going forward,  Chiefs should introduce more of these youngsters more regularly.

“But they must not be over-coached, I think that is something that is killing South African football.

“Since Farouk Khan left, it’s the first time in so many years, we are able to produce youngsters from the development structures who can raise their hands like these boys are doing now.

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“We are talking star players, not inconsistent players who blow hot and cold!

“If a young boy like Samkelo wane can hit a 30-metre forward pass like that, I’m talking about a ground pass, then that boy has got vision, his feet are balanced, you will never take the ball from that boy’s feet. 

“He is not that skilful, but he’s got vision.

“The team is now moving in the right direction. There’s an improvement. But I’m pleading to South Africans not to put them under pressure because they are still just kids,” the former Chiefs maestro concluded.

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