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Chiefs Boss Opens Up On Vilakazi Debut

Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Cavin Johnson has hailed the potential of Mfundo Viakazi after the teenage midfielder made his senior professional debut on Sunday.

The 18-year-old rose to prominence in December 2021 at the annual Philly’s Games before his introduction to the club’s reserve team structure a year later.

‘Obrigado’ has since set tongues wagging about his potential in the DStv Diski Challenge and anticipation for his debut reached fever-pitch when he scored for the Carling All-Stars in their win over Stellenbosch before the Africa Cup of Nations enforced break.

Johnson, who’s handed the likes of Bafana Bafana duo Kobamelo Kosidang and Gift Links their debut at the age of 15 and 17 respectively has now shed light on the diminutive talent who earned his senior bow in the Nedbank Cup tie against Milford.

“I thought Mfundo came [in for his debut] and did quite well, for a young player to come on, I put him on a real pressure game, I think he did well,” Johnson said.

“I don’t think he lost the ball, so he’s got a bright future with Kaizer Chiefs, unfortunately, today he was not able to show his real quality, I thought it would have come if we scored the goal, then we would have seen how good he is to move the ball. But he did very well.”

The teenager will now be aiming to push for a regular starting berth at Amakhosi for the remainder of the season.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.
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