Aims and Objectives
The aim of Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development is to identify players with
excellent football skills and assist them in achieving their football ambition
while also empowering them with academic enrichment. We produce quality players
for the Kaizer Chiefs senior team in order to sustain the success of the club
and also contribute to various national teams in the country.
Youth Development was started around the 1970s operating from Soweto and later
had its base in Rockville to accommodate all the players from around Soweto. It
was then known as Kaizer Chiefs Reserve side and attracted most of its players
from Rockville and surrounding areas of Soweto. It was from this base where
players like, Rider Mofokeng, Wellington Manyathi, Doctor Kumalo, Brian Baloyi,
Thabo Mooki, Ntsie Maphike and Trevor Mthimkulu were identified. Today some of
these players are coaches in the Youth Development and others are still
household names in their own rights.
The Reserve Side then evolved in the 1980s to include other junior teams like
the under-10 and under-12 Chappies Little League that produced players like
Tshepo Molatedi as well as the Toyota U21 where players like Isaac Kungoane were
discovered. The main reason for playing in these competitions was to attract
players outside Soweto and also to market the Kaizer Chiefs brand.
In 1996 Kaizer Chiefs forged working links with one of the top universities
in South Africa, Rand Afrikaanse University which had an image of being a white
University to blend the image of the two organisation and produce a true South
African partnership. The RAU Chiefs Development was based on true partnership of
exposing football players to an institution that had all facilities in
education, psychology, and welfare as well as being part of a renowned Football
This relationship produced a number of interesting results both academically
and in sporting world. A number of players from the Kaizer Chiefs Youth
Development were awarded certificates in Sports management as well as one degree
while the following players emerged from the Academy: Jabu Pule, Kaizer Motaung
Jnr, Isaac Mabotsa, Thabiso Malatsi, Nhlanhla Kubeka, Nhlanhla Mathebula, Gerald
Sibeko, Buti Sithole, Junior Kanye and recently Lucky Mzizi. Other players who
graduated from the academy and could not be accommodated in the senior team
where loaned to other teams while some players like Patrick Thwala were sold
The Youth Development used RAU infrastructure in the form of soccer fields,
psychologists, physiotherapists and other facilities including accommodation.
The objective was to attract the best and promising youngsters around South
Africa and this was achieved by the club’s largest network of passionate
In 2003, the Youth Development was attracting a number of younger players from the
ages of 12 years into the Programme. This necessitated a new approach as the
schooling and the housing of these players. To achieve that, the Youth
Development moved to St. Barnabas College in Bosmont which offered a one stop
facility for training, schooling, boarding and lodging for our younger players.
St Barnabas College was chosen for its good academic record over the years. In
the past year, the club has moved some of their players doing Grade 12 to
Meadowlands High School in Soweto and their presence has elevated the standard
of soccer at the school.
In 2006, the Youth Development achieved one of the major milestones when it
partnered with the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) and Central
Johannesburg College to form an alliance that would allow Kaizer Chiefs Youth
Development to have exclusive use of the Central Johannesburg College sporting
facilities at Highveld College including soccer fields, gymnasium. This
partnership also included the moving in-house of the Youth Development players
to have exclusive use of the 180 bed hostel, the kitchen and dining facilities.
With this relationship, Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development will be able to reach
the local communities, thus imparting football knowledge as well as other life
skills to the community.
This agreement also opens all academic facilities within the control of
Central Johannesburg College to Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development. These
facilities include Life Skills Programme, Computer Training Facilities,
Engeneering (Electrical and Civil), Arts and culture, plumbing and bricklaying.
Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development is now a fully fletched academy with players
from the ages of 12 to 18 years. The players who come from outside Johannesburg
who were previously housed at St Barnabas and the Club House in Auckland Park
have now been relocated to Highveld College resident.
The Youth Development is supported by a structure of highly qualified staff
in their various disciplines starting from management, education and coaching.
Vincent Williams – Manager Youth Development Programme whose overall
responsibility is to oversee all activities of the Youth Development
Adison Bongani Mngadi – Education Manager whose responsibility is total
education responsibility within the Youth Development.
Abe Ditsego – Transport Manage and House father who is responsible for all
transport logistics in the Development including responsibility for boarding and
lodging of players.
Benett Mehlomakhulu – Kit Manager responsible for players kit and uniform
Joe Matebege - Kit Manager responsible for players kit and uniform
Current Coaching Staff
In 2006, the Youth Development and the whole soccer fraternity lost Patrick
“Ace” Ntsoelengoe who was our under 15 coach at the time of his death.
The staff is constantly in touch with players looking after their welfare,
schooling and medical needs. Regular interface between parents and the
Development staff is encouraged thus helping bridge the gap of players being
home sick. This is done in the form of formal meetings or by telephone.
Youth Development Achievements
Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development players have been involved in a number of
local as well as international tournaments as a team or the players being part
of a National structure.
Our players were part of a group that represented South Africa in France in
1998 in an International Youth Competition in which they were knocked out by
Argentine in the final. Some players were involved in the Danone Competition in
France 2002 and were knocked out in the semi-final by Holland.
In June 2003 the Youth Development Under 15 team was invited to participate
in The Milk Cup competition in Ireland. Our team played against most youth teams
from the English Premier Division Clubs and was knocked out in the final by
Maccabi Heifa from Israel.
A number of players impressed the scouts in this tournament and one of our
player, Michael Nkabule has been signed by Straussberg Academy in France.
In 2004, the Under 15 team won the National Nike Tournament and went to play
in the International Manchester United Premier Cup in Manchester, England.
During 2004, our teams won the U15, U17 and U19 local league titles with the
U13 being placed second. Earlier in 2005, the U17 competed in the Zayed
International Youth Cup in Abu Dhabi. Our team came third in this competition
with bronze medals.
The Kaizer Chiefs U13 Development team competed in the MDC International
Youth Tournament in Seoul, Korea in June 2005 where they played against National
teams from Korea, Paraguay and Japan. They were beaten in the finals by Japan
National team and were awarded FIFA Fair Play Shield and Silver medals.
In June 2006, Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development U19 side competed in the Hong
Kong Sevens Football tournament. This is a seven a side tournament played in
Hong Kong by most of the European and Asian teams.
In August 2006 the Under-17 team was invited to compete in a U17 World
Tournament in Spain. In this tournament teams from as far as South America and
Europe were invited and Kaizer Chiefs was the only team from South Africa. Our
performance in this tournament was excellent as Real Madrid in the quarter
The Youth Academy reports their developments directly to the Kaizer Chiefs
management on a regular basis and the senior team technical staff always
provides the necessary support. Senior team players recovering from injuries are
sometimes allowed to train with the Reserve team in the Academy as well as
getting involved in playing friendly games with the Youth teams. This is used as
a bridging exercise to enable the junior players to acclimatize themselves with
senior players. At other times, some Development players are also allowed to
train with the senior team as well as playing against the senior team.