Komphela: The future is bright
Posted: 31 July 2017 Time: 12:57
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela believes his midfield is overflowing with young talent as Khotso Malope begins to rise to the occasion whilst Wiseman Meyiwa and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo wait in the wings.
Having turned out for Amakhosi a fortnight ago in the Maize Cup, Malope made his Soweto Derby bow with a cameo in the Carling Black Label Champion Cup.
Replacing Pule Ekstein in the 88th minute, Malope made the most of his brief time on the field as he showcased his skills and was unlucky not to find himself on the scoresheet as the game ended 1-0 in favour of his side.
"Once again [the player] I would mention apart from everybody else is Malope. He went in and made a difference, he did well," said Komphela.
"He should have scored as well but one thing that struck me is that soon after that missed opportunity, he never dropped his shoulders.
"The next pass he received he showed the right levels of arrogance."
The 22-year-old playmaker spent last season on loan in the National First Division with championship winning Thanda Royal Zulu, playing a key role in their triumph.
The season prior he had lit up the MultiChoice Diski Challenge, a platform upon which other Chiefs youngsters are beginning to garner significant attention.
Two Pietermaritzburg-born teenagers in Meyiwa and Ngcobo have won much acclaim for their accomplished performances in the MDC and are knocking on the door of the first team according to Komphela.
Meyiwa has already represented the national Under-17 and U-20 sides at World Cups whilst Ngcobo captained Chiefs' reserve side last season.
"I am sure we have about 10 players in our squad below the age of 22," said Komphela in reference to popular striker Ryan Moon and other rising stars such as goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma and defender Siboniseni Ngcobo.
"We have 17-year-old Ngcobo, given a chance he can play. He won't feel the difference in age because of the quality of his ability.
"You have Wiseman Meyiwa with two World Cups on his shoulder. He is with us, he is 18 years old - you can get 12 years out of him. So when you look at it long term you will realise based on the squad we have and their ages, there is a bright future."