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Khanye Compares Chiefs Starlet To Jali

Former Kaizer Chiefs winger Junior Khanye has compared Amakhosi youngster Samkelo Zwane to Andile Jali after his Man of the Match performance in the 2-1 win over 10-man Stellenbosch.

Zwane, 21, replaced the suspended Yusuf Maart in Chiefs’ DStv Premiership clash with the in-form Winelands side, who had won six of their seven last games.

However, an early penalty and a red card for goalkeeper Sage Stephens put Chiefs on the winning trial, with Khanye being left impressed by the young midfielder.

“Between him and [Junior] Mendieta, Zwane is my Man of the Match because today Zwane was playing more as a box-to-box player,” Khanye said on iDiski TV.

“You can’t make him a defensive midfielder because he knows how to combine better than when [Yusuf] Maart and [Siyethemba] Sithebe are in that position. He knows how to make the team gel.

“He kind of reminds me of Andile Jali, although Jali is obviously better and more experienced.

“I think Kaizer Chiefs have to understand that Zwane is not a defensive midfielder. He is not strong in defence but can help the team going forward.

“Sithebe can’t get out of sticky situations and he can’t even call for the ball. But the boy can call for the ball and he is more skilful. He knows how to hit a forward pass. His energy reminds me of Jali when he arrived at [Orlando] Pirates. Well he will never be in that class but he’s got potential to become one of the best.

“He can play forward and when the ball is on the right maybe on [Dillon] Solomon’s feet, he knows how to create a triangle and open in the middle. He had two options to either play on the line or play from where it came from.

“He is also able to protect the ball so he is a very good ball player and he is able to screen before he receives it. He knows football and today he gave Kaizer Chiefs balance so they could play, and I think the understanding he has with Mdu [Shabalala] is wonderful.” 

You can watch Khanye’s full analysis of the match on IDiski TV official YouTube channel.  

Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago is currently working as a web and newspaper writer for iDiski Times. This award-winning sports journalist covers the Limpopo area and also specialises in coverage of women's football, including Banayana Banyana.