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Kaizer Chiefs star Mdu Shabalala’s status under threat?

Kaizer Chiefs have had a rocky start to the season and Mduduzi Shabalala has struggled to exert himself. He’s still one of the finest teenage talents in the country, though, and will enjoy a long rivalry with Orlando Pirates star Relebohile Mofokeng.

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Kaizer Chiefs fans adore Mduduzi Shabalala

Of course “Mdu or die” shouldn’t be written off after his club’s poor start to the season. It’s a heavy burden wearing the famous black & gold, but 19-year-old Mduduzi Shabalala seems at ease with the pressure. Already a first-team regular, he’s bound to become a key player at club and international level for years to come. Initially, a wide attacker Mdu now enjoys occupying the “number 10” role but is equally comfortable drifting into the channels and carrying the ball over long distances.

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Mduduzi Shabalala is one of the finest prospects to come out of Naturena in some time. Image: @kaizerchiefs / Twitter.

Mdu set for a rivalry with Orlando Pirates sensation Mofokeng

Formerly known as Relebohile Ratomo, the Orlando Pirates playmaker Relebohile Mofokeng’s rise to fame has been sudden. After a cameo in their opening-day defeat to Stellenbosch, the 18-year-old has been thrust into the starting lineup in the Sea Robbers’ last four matches across all competitions. He dazzled in a 4-2 win over Royal AM and their 5-0 rout of Sekhukhune and also provided a sensational assist against Chipa. It’s clear that coach Jose Riveiro already trusts him in the big games. That’s a huge compliment.

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Mofokeng is challenged by Shaune Mogaila of Royal AM. Photo: BackpagePix

If all goes according to plan, young Mdu Shabala and Relebohile Mofokeng will enjoy a rich and long rivalry in Soweto Derby clashes. Who knows, they might also partner up for Bafana Bafana before long.

Meanwhile, hit up James Freemantle for more insights, analysis and love for the beautiful game of football.

Also, follow The South African on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news updates.

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