Jambo On Chiefs’ Youth Action
Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Jimmy Jambo, who is now a youth coach at the club he once played for, is happy to have his youth teams playing again.
The former Zimbabwean defender is in charge of the Chiefs U13 and U15 teams, and they were recently in action after the resumption of the Gauteng Development League.
Jambo was forced into early retirement after a career-ending injury eight years ago, so turned his focus to youth coaching, and has remained with Chiefs since his playing days ended.
Since the return of football, both the U13s and U15s have played two games, the U13’s won 2-1 against Highlands Park, before drawing 3-3 with Panorama, while the U15’s beat Highlands Park 3-0 and Panorama 4-0.
“In the back of my mind, I knew these boys were itching to play. As we can see from the first game against Highlands Park we have been winning, but our fitness levels have not been good. The fitness levels are coming back, which is positive for us,” Jambo told the club’s website.
“Our aim is to holistically develop players, results will come when you have a good environment with them. We want to develop good technical players and the result will come.
“The set of players that I have are very hungry. They have a good understanding of the game and the core players from last season are still around, which helps with continuity.”
“Training without playing does not help. The boys need to be in a competitive environment and the GDL is giving us the platform to be competitive.
“The boys that I started with in the GDL have already progressed to the Reserves and some to the U19 team. To have those boys go from U13 all the way up is a good progression.”