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Mduduzi Shabalala is one of the finest prospects to come out of Naturena in some time. Image: @kaizerchiefs / Twitter.

All you need to know about Kaizer Chiefs prodigy Mdu Shabalala

The latest wonderkid off the Kaizer Chiefs production line is Mduduzi Shabalala. Here’s a closer look at the gifted 18-year-old attacker.

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Mduduzi Shabalala is one of the finest prospects to come out of Naturena in some time. Image: @kaizerchiefs / Twitter.

Kaizer Chiefs are no strangers to producing exceptional young talent.

Just this morning, The South African’s Siseko Gwegwe paid homage to the Naturena Academy and its dedication to youth development. One youngster has stood out above the rest this season.

Mduduzi Shabalala is only 18 years old but fans have every reason to get excited about his insane potential.

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

Kaizer Chiefs prodigy Mduduzi Shabalala: All you need to know

The Amakhosi youngster has only played a grand total of six minutes for the club, but he’s already got his first goal in the famous colours of Kaizer Chiefs. It was a typical poacher’s goal, scored against Maritzburg United on the second day of the DStv Premiership season. Shabalala is now also a part of the Bafana Bafana U23 setup. Mduduzi also signed a new three-year deal with Chiefs back in June.

That first goal feeling. Video: @supersporttv / Twitter

Style of play

Shabalala is known for his exceptional balance, pace, flair, agility, dribbling and close control. As a diminutive attacker he won’t be winning too many aerial duels, but he’ll certainly be causing defenders all sorts of problems on the ground. It’s uncertain what his best position is just yet, but he can operate in a variety of attacking roles.

Just look at that balance. Video: @siya_ndlela1 / Twitter

Perhaps he’ll eventually settle as an attacking midfielder from wide areas. Ever seen Barcelona’s new number 10 Ansu Fati in action? Not to heap pressure on the kid, but there are stylistic similarities in the way he carries the ball. This boy can play.

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Mduduzi Shabalala quick bio

  • Age: 18
  • Date of birth: 20 January 2004
  • Position: Versatile attacker
  • Jersey number: 42
  • Height: 166cm

There is a huge clamour among Amakhosi fans for the youngster to be given more game time. He is clearly a talented footballer, but Chiefs will need to manage him and the growing expectations starting to mount on his shoulders.

@MotsoAphi wants to see Mduduzi Shabalala get more minutes in the first team.

Mduduzi Shabalala may not feature heavily in the coming weeks and months, but his is a name that we will definitely be watching with keen interest.

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