Mdu Shabalala, the Kaizer Chiefs’ wonderkid, is profiled

Mdu Shabalala, the Kaizer Chiefs’ wonderkid, is profiled

Kaizer Chiefs are no strangers to creating young players of remarkable caliber.

One child has distinguished themselves from the rest. Mduduzi Shabalala is only 18 years old, yet his incredible potential gives fans every reason to be excited. With so much going on off the field with Amakhosi’s senior players, let’s take a closer look at the brilliant teenager who scored in his lone senior outing this season.

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The Amakhosi youth has only played six minutes for the club, but he has already scored his first goal in the famed Kaizer Chiefs colors. The goal against Maritzburg United on the second day of the DStv Premiership season was a typical poacher’s effort. Shabalala is now a member of Bafana Bafana U23 and signed a new three-year contract with Chiefs in June.

The Chiefs must handle this matter.

Mdu made an immediate impact in his debut with the Chiefs’ first team. Video: @supersporttv / twiitter

Shabalala is renowned for his extraordinary balance, speed, flair, agility, dribbling ability, and close control. As a tiny attacker, he won’t win many aerial duels, but he’ll cause all sorts of issues for defenders on the ground. It is currently unknown what his best position is, however he can play a number of attacking roles.

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Perhaps he will someday become a wide-area attacking midfielder. Ever seen Ansu Fati, Barcelona’s new number 10 player, in action? There are stylistic similarities in the manner in which the youngster carries the ball. This boy is capable of playing. Who replaces Khama Billiat?

Kaizer Chiefs
In June, Kaizer Chiefs player Mdu Shabalala signed a new contract. Image: @kaizerchiefs / Twitter
18 years old and born on January 20, 2004
Position: Versatile attacker
Number of jerseys: 42
height: 166 centimeters
Nickname: Mdu or Die
Fans of Amakhosi are vehemently demanding that the young player be given more playing time. Clearly, he is a brilliant football player, but Chiefs will need to manage him and the rising expectations that are beginning to weigh on his shoulders.

Look at that equilibrium. Video: @siya ndlela1 / Twitter
Mdu Shabalala is unquestionably a player to watch when the DStv Premiership resumes play. After a 22-minute cameo in Chiefs’ 2-0 victory against Golden Arrows, we have a sneaking suspicion that we’ll be hearing a lot more from this youngster in the future.


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