Chiefs coach Middendorp on why he’s not scared to play a 16-year-old player

14 October 2019 - 11:10 By Marc Strydom
Thato Lingwati of Bloemfontein Celtic and Keletso Sifama of Kaizer Chiefs during the 2019 Macufe Cup match between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs at Toyota Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on 13 October 2019.
Thato Lingwati of Bloemfontein Celtic and Keletso Sifama of Kaizer Chiefs during the 2019 Macufe Cup match between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs at Toyota Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on 13 October 2019.
Image: © Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has shown himself unhesitant in his 10 months at the club of throwing in youngsters.

This was on display again as the coach used his side’s 4-2 Shell Helix Ultra Cup friendly win to introduce a 16-year-old midfielder Keletso “Teko” Sifama to first team football as a second-half substitute.

“Teko Sifama who came in – a 16-year-old. I think he can play Under-17‚ but we [the senior team] have taken him in‚” Middendorp said.

“Sizwe Twala is a player who‚ I believe‚ if he gets the learning curve playing alongside Leonardo Castro‚ of Khama Billiat‚ of Samir Nurkovic and Lazarous Kambole will develop.

"And probably even during this season will be valuable for us.

Chiefs promoted 22-year-old striker Twala – also introduced as a second-hald sub on Saturday – to their first team in September.

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