Chiefs promote four players
Posted: 15 August 2017 Time: 15:36
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela and football manager Bobby Motaung are confident Bruce Bvuma, Khotso Malope, Wiseman Meyiwa and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo will add value to the first team.
Chiefs on Tuesday confirmed the quartet have been promoted from the club's development ranks.
Bvuma, Ngcobo and Meyiwa played a number of matches in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge for Chiefs last season, while Malope was on loan to Thanda Royal Zulu and contributed immensely to their promotion to the Premiership.
Komphela said: “We are excited to welcome all the youngsters to the senior team. They possess the qualities that we require at the top level for Kaizer Chiefs. Their experience at junior international level will be of great benefit to us.
“We’ve looked carefully at all four players and we are satisfied with the quality they will add to the team this coming season.”
Motaung said: “We have been assessing the players and they have been training with the senior team for a while because we wanted to test their mettle and see if they were ready for the big time.
“The young men will add youthful vitality and inject new energy and quality to the wealth of talent already in the squad, because we need to ensure that the team is strong enough to challenge for the league title as well as the three trophies on offer in the domestic league.”
The club made the decision in consultation with the youth and development coaches who believe each of the players did well enough to earn their respective promotions.
Bvuma (22) is no stranger to the senior team after playing two matches, as a result of injuries to the two senior team goalkeepers in April. He officially joins a goalkeeping department that boosts talented shot-stoppers such as Itumeleng Khune, Brilliant Khuzwayo, Brylon Petersen and Luthando Sixhaso. He has already played for the South African national team.
The 17-year-old Meyiwa represented the Under-17 and Under-20 national teams at various international tournaments. In the last eight months, he represented Amajita in the Cosafa, Afcon and World Cup tournaments. He made an impression on the Italian national team coach at the Under-20 World Cup, and attracted offers from other clubs. Meyiwa made his Bafana Bafana debut against Zambia in the Chan qualifier last weekend.
His homeboy from Pietermaritzburg and national Under-17 and Under-20 teammate Ngcobo will don jersey number 37. The 17-year-old captained the MDC team last season.
The 23-year-old Malope was loaned to First Division side Thanda Royal Zulu and played an important role in their promotion to the Premiership. He was a key player in the 2015/16 season in Chiefs' MDC team before being farmed out.