In the world of football, young talents often emerge as potential stars for their clubs.
One such prospect in South African football is Mfundo Vilakazi, a midfielder for Kaizer Chiefs.
Chiefs’ Approach On Mfundo Vilakazi
Vilakazi has been making waves with his impressive performances in the club’s DStv Diski Challenge team, catching the eye of many fans and pundits.
However, it seems that the Chiefs’ technical team has decided to take a cautious approach when it comes to unleashing this promising talent on the first team.
Sources from within the Amakhosi camp have revealed that while Vilakazi’s skills on the pitch are unquestionable, the club’s leadership believes that he needs time to adapt to the demands of first-team football.
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Their reluctance to rush his development is grounded in a belief that there is more to a young player’s journey than just football.
Assistant coach Arthur Zwane and the technical team have expressed a desire to see Vilakazi complete his matriculation (high school) education before fully pursuing his football career.
This decision reflects an understanding that young players, like Vilakazi, have families who play a crucial role in guiding their future, especially at a tender age.
A source within the club emphasised this point, stating, “Players have families, and they are the ones who guide us in terms of the player, especially when a player is young.
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“Vilakazi is a young boy; he needs his family to guide him, and that’s important to us.
“We will never force a player to do things that he might regret later.”
Mfundo Vilakazi Enjoying His Education
Vilakazi, described as a diligent and academically inclined young player, reportedly enjoys his time at school and performs well academically.
The Chiefs’ technical team is resolute in their stance that completing high school is a priority before accelerating his progression into the senior team.
The decision to prioritise education alongside football demonstrates a holistic approach to nurturing young talents.
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Chiefs clearly values the personal development and well-being of their players, ensuring that they are not only prepared for success on the field but also equipped for life beyond football.