JOHANNESBURG - Kaizer Chiefs manager Bobby Motaung is not worried about losing out on the talents of Wiseman Meyiwa and Siyabonga Ngezana, who have taken the local elite league by storm since making their debuts.
The two youngsters have been a marvel to watch this season despite Amakhosi blowing hot and cold.
Meyiwa made his debut against Cape Town City and the Petermaritzburg-born teenager went on to score in his first game.
Young Meyiwa has represented the country in two World Cup with the Under-17’s and the Under-20 teams.
Injuries have also forced Amakhosi boss Steve Komphela to hand Ngezana (19) his debut. He too found the net on debut, the defender scoring in the 2-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld Stadium last week.
“That one is a simple. We have an academy and we invest a lot of money in our academy. We are happy to see the youngsters graduating into the first team. We have top qualified coaches in our development and the coach who believes in youngsters. We have no secret. These boys have been taught about life skills at the academy. We are not worried about how they will handle fame. They understand the culture of the team very well,” Motaung said.
Chiefs have struggled over the last years to produce youngsters who are top quality talent. The Glamour Boys have also suffered a barren run in terms of cup success since Komphela took over.
On Saturday, they will face AmaZulu in the first round of the Telkom Knockout at Moses Mabhida Stadium at 8.15pm, and Motaung stressed that the coach is not under any pressure to deliver this particular trophy.
“This has been a journey for our coach. In his first season he reached the finals of the MTN 8 and the Telkom Knockout. We didn’t hire Steve for one game or one cup. Supporters are supporters. We have structures at Chiefs. At the moment, it is all coming together well. We are looking at the league. For now it is a work in progress,” Motaung elaborated.
Chiefs are set to sign Leonard Castro from Mamelodi Sundowns in January but Motaung didn’t want to drawn in to the speculation.
“I don’t want to mention names but we are looking for a striker. At the moment that’s the only department we are looking to beef up. For now I can say it is a work in progress. The technical team will advice if they want to beef up other departments,” Motaung concluded.
Independent Media has also gathered that Chiefs are keeping a close watch on Cameroonian international Christian Epoupa Ntouba, who plays for Dynamos in Zimbabwe.
Epoupa (24) is currently the leading scorer in the Zimbabwean league with his 11 strikes so far. But Chiefs have to beat both Sundowns and Polokwane City for the striker's signature.
Dynamos CEO, Marechera Dyna, confirmed that he is open to offers when he spoke with Independent Media.
“He is still contracted to us until December next year. We don’t have any offers for him at the moment but we won’t stand on his way if clubs are showing serious interest in him,” Dyna explained.