Kaizer at peace with losing youth players
Posted: 20 September 2018 Time: 08:00
Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung says there’s nothing much the club can do to avoid losing their youth development products.
Amakhosi have seen several of their youngsters jump ship in search of opportunities elsewhere, with a number of them having recently been snapped up by PSL rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.
Tristan Moses was the first to join The Brazilians after he impressed for the Chiefs as they went on to lift the Multichoice Diski Shield, while Mpho Khumalo has also been linked with a move to Chloorkop.
While the club have tried their best to promote young talent in recent seasons, Motaung says there is not much they can do to persuade all their youth players to stay at the club due to the limited spots available in the first team.
“That’s the price we pay because they [other clubs] see them and they can see the potential, but unfortunately there’s not much we can do in terms of stopping them, even if they have contracts,” said Motaung.
“Because other clubs will take a chance and say, ‘Let’s take this one because he’s got so much potential’, and obviously they will pay a compensation which is almost nothing compared to what you spent to develop that player.”
The likes of Bruce Bvuma, Siyabonga Ngezana, Wiseman Meyiwa, Khotso Malope and Hendrick Ekstein have all become first team regulars after coming through The Glamour Boys’ youth ranks.