Mfundo Vilakazi: Kaizer Chiefs’ Wonderkid Offered a Senior Team Contract

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The 18-year-old, who has played in just two first-team matches, is now the recipient of a long-term professional contract.

 

What’s The News?

Midfielder Mfundo Vilakazi has secured a contract extension with Kaizer Chiefs, binding him to the club until June 2028.

Elevated from the Amakhosi reserve squad at the season’s outset, the youngster marked his professional debut during the Nedbank Cup Round of 32 encounter with Milford FC in February 2024. His second appearance for the first team came in a Premier Soccer League match against Orlando Pirates during the Soweto Derby in March.

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Vilakazi’s Remarks

“I’m happy and excited to have a contract with a big club like Chiefs,” Vilakazi told Chiefs’ website.

“It has always been my dream from a young age to play for the senior team and represent Kaizer Chiefs.

“I am looking forward to contributing to the club and paying back the management for believing in my talent.

“I thank all the supporters who always push me to do better, I promise not to disappoint.”

 

Motaung’s Statement

Chiefs sporting director Kaizer Motaung Jnr described Vilakazi as “an exceptional talent” and lauded the club’s development structures.

“Mfundo is an exceptional talent and we are looking forward to seeing him showcase his God-given technical ability with the senior team for many years to come,” said Motaung Jnr.

“It’s now all about the hard work for the young man and we know he will do his best.

“Mfundo’s promotion is a testament to the great work in our development structures,” he continued.

“We have built an environment that is conducive to producing talent for the senior team, which is fundamental to the ethos of Kaizer Chiefs.

“We have some hard-working people – from under-13 to the reserve side – who do not focus purely on winning but mainly on producing top footballers for the senior team,” the former Amakhosi winger added.

 

Looking Forward

 

With Kaizer Chiefs placing their faith in him, there’s a growing anticipation for Vilakazi to emerge as a pivotal figure in the first team.

 

In past seasons, players such as Mduduzi Shabalala, Wandile Duba, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, and Happy Mashiane faced challenges in establishing themselves as key contributors at Naturena despite progressing through the developmental ranks.

 

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What Lies Ahead For Vilakazi?

 

 

Kaizer Chiefs head to KwaZulu-Natal to face Richards Bay at King Goodwill Zwelithini on Sunday, and the question looms: Will Vilakazi secure a spot in the first-team lineup?

 

It’s been over a month since his last competitive appearance. As Chiefs navigate a pivotal phase in the season, vying for a spot in the Caf competitions, Coach Johnson might opt for seasoned players over nurturing emerging talent like Vilakazi.

 

 

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