Isaacs: 'Chiefs have a star in Radebe'

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Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Dominic Isaacs believes the club have unearthed a star in midfielder Sabelo Radebe.

The 21-year-old academy graduate was promoted into the Chiefs senior team earlier this year after impressing former head coach Gavin Hunt in the DStv Diski Challenge.

Radebe, from Soweto, was one of the outstanding players for Chiefs in the Black Label Cup on Sunday against Orlando Pirates.

Though he missed his penalty attempt during the shootout, the youngster impressed with his overall display.

"I was very impressed with that young boy Radebe," Isaacs tells KickOff.

"I've watched a few games of him in the MDC, and if he has a solid head, and I hope that they've learned from the past mistakes of former players that had the potential to become great and fell off along the way.

"Praise must go to Arthur [Zwane] as well because of the boys that are coming through, such as Blom, Ngcobo and Mashiane. If you look ahead over the next seven or eight years, the club is in very good hands with these players coming through.

"That boy [Radebe] he's got so much energy, confidence, and he's young. He's playing freely, and he always wants the ball. The maturity he is showing beyond his age is very good, very encouraging.

"Chiefs have a star in him.

"Any win is a win against your rivals. You will take any win against Orlando Pirates, be it pre-season, friendlies, behind closed doors. It's always nice to get one over your cross-town rivals."

Isaacs revealed that he was impressed by Chiefs' early-season performance and tipped his former side to challenge this upcoming season.

"Yes, it is still early stages, but from what I've seen, it's a different energy. Chiefs, when it comes to fitness early in the season, I think they will be on top because they didn't have much of a break.

They just came from the Champions League while everybody else was on the break. They also keep position much more now than before with these kinds of players they've signed.

"The intensity, fitness levels, everything was there, you know. They're going to be up there fighting for honours."

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