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SIX Kaizer Chiefs youngsters to be excited about

New Kaizer Chiefs boss Cavin Johnson will need to lean heavily on youth as he tries to put his stamp on one of the most demanding jobs in African football.

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Six Kaizer Chiefs youngsters who promise much

Of the current crop of players, there are half a dozen outstanding players aged 21 or younger. Some are part of the first team furniture already while a few still need to make their respective breakthroughs. Samkelo Zwane is still only 21 but already shows in-game maturity and intelligence required to succeed at this level. Right now, however, his pathway to the first team looks blocked by Edson Castillo, Yusuf Maart and Sibongiseni Mthethwa. 19-year-old Mduduzi Shabalala is a darling among the fans but also found game time limited under Molefi Ntseki, but that could change with Johnson at the helm.

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Mduduzi Shabalala of Kaizer Chiefs. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Breakthroughs imminent?

19-year-old central defender Aden McCarthy, 20-year-old attacker Donay Jansen (cousin of Bernard Parker), 19-year-old striker Wandile Duba and the flamboyant 17-year-old trickster Mfundo “Obrigado” Vilakazi could all make first team appearances with a new boss in the building.

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Kaizer Chiefs Naturena Village in all its glory. Image: Ernest Makhaya

Can Cavin Johnson mould this group into a winning unit?

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