Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Junior Khanye has insisted one of the players from his club, Fak’imali Uzobona FC can become a star for Bafana Bafana and in Europe after he completed a move to Sekhukhune United’s MDC side.
The iDiskiTV analyst formed his own team at the beginning of last year in Daveyton, naming it after his own nickname.
Khanye confirmed on Thursday that Thokozani Mashinini, a 19-year-old has made the jump from amateur football into the professional setup of Sekhukhune United – where he will feature for the MDC team.
“He’s our boy from our team, Fak’imali Uzobona FC – the team that I managed to assemble,” he told iDiski Times.
“One of the best talents South Africa should wait for. He can play in the middle, attacking, right wing, left wing, central [striker] or false 9.
“[He’s] very, very talented. He understands the game, he has good physique. I don’t believe in physical players but he’s got [the right] balance. He can play with both feet, he’s going to score goals – that is the confirmation from Junior Thabo Khanye.”
Khanye also believes that Mashinini can make it far in the game and either for one of the DStv Premiership’s big three or secure himself a move overseas – if he remains level-headed.
“I needed to improve some elements of his game, he was born with a natural talent. I wanted to work with his footwork [but] he can go far,” Khanye added.
“He’s going to be a Bafana player, even in Europe he’ll go.
“We’re not looking to DStv Premiership, but the way I’ve seen things, if he remains focussed and level-headed he will go overseas.
“DStv Premiership? Yes, maybe Chiefs, [Orlando] Pirates or [Mamelodi] Sundowns, he’ll play there. I’ll be happy if he plays for Chiefs or Pirates or Sundowns, if he represents us in South Africa.
“But Europe is the perfect place for him and I’m sure he’ll play the way I think.”
Story by David Kappel (@kapplinho).