Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs might have experienced a torrid season, but could simultaneously still have one reason to put a smile back on their fans’ faces before the curtain comes down on the current season.
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Amakhosi succumbed to a second straight defeat this past weekend, going down 1-0 against Stellenbosch FC at the Danie Craven Stadium courtesy of Dino Van Rooyen’s first-half strike, which saw them stretch their unbeaten run to three league matches.
Chiefs’ loss to SuperSport United prior to the Stellies clash was also the last straw for beleaguered coach Stuart Baxter who was shown the exit door two days later, with assistants Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard roped in on an interim basis until the end of the season.
Amakhosi have now slipped into fourth position on the league standings with six matches remaining before the 2021/22 DStv Premiership campaign comes to a close, though they have played two matches less than Royal AM and Cape Town City who occupy second and third spots respectively.
Nevertheless, uplifting news within the corridors of the Naturena-based club is that Chiefs have thwarted off strong interest from rivals Mamelodi Sundowns to snap up talented 14-year-old youngster Lwandle ‘Scara’ Ngobese.
Lwandle is the son of late Chiefs dribbling wizard Emmanuel ‘Scara’ Ngobese, and has been plying his trade for Bafana United Soccer Academy in Thokoza since he was 11 years old.
The pacey left-footed youngster is said to have attracted interest from a host of PSL clubs but that Chiefs came out tops to win the race for his signature.
Ngobese Jnr has now joined up with Amakhosi’s Under 17 development side after undergoing a series of trials under the watchful eye of the club’s Development Coaches Vela Khumalo and Ace Khuse.
His former coach and mentor at the academy, Sibonelo Sithole admitted that they were talking to both Chiefs and Sundowns for the youngster’s future, though the player opted for a move to Naturena instead as he’s determined to follow in his father’s footsteps.
With Chiefs already boasting a number of talented youngsters like Mduduzi Shabalala, who is currently in Belgium undergoing trials at RKC Westerlo, and Mfundo ‘Obrigado’ Vilakazi, it remains to be seen if Lwandle will do enough to break into the Diski Challenge team next season.