Itumeleng Shopane: Kaizer Chiefs take care of their young players


Shopane, 22, joined Swallows in the GladAfrica Championship from Naturena along with 21-year-old Ayanda Rorwana to get more game time.

The young striker says when the time is right he will return to Naturena and also give details on how the deal came about.

"I'm not about proving myself anymore, because I'm at a stage where if I can be given a chance I can just play you know, my time will come, I'm not in a rush," Shopane said.

"Our previous coach Zeca Marques spoke with Ernst Middendorp about how important it is for them to use young players in the GladAfrica Championship, they needed a certain age [under-23s] and they had to come to Kaizer Chiefs and request some young players. We are here to get more minutes."

Shopane says their parent club monitors them almost every day, especially as the clubs are close neighbours, with coach Arthur Zwane always pushing them to work hard.

"Chiefs follows us a lot, they monitor our games, they play at Soccer City and we are in Dobsonville, the distance is close. Especially coach Arthur Zwane, he's been with me throughout my career."

With Amakhosi on top of the Absa Premiership log, Shopane has expressed his excitement to see the club doing well and says the inclusion of young players in the senior team motivates him to work extra hard.

He also commented on suggestions that Chiefs doesn't take care of their development players.

"I'm happy the way Chiefs is playing, they are doing well, and to see players like Njabulo Blom getting some game time, it motivates us to work hard at Swallows. I'm hoping they can keep up the consistency," he added.

"I would disagree with that [about Chiefs not taking care of young players]. They do take care of their players from all age groups. We've seen young players get promotion to the senior team. People from outside will always talk but inside we know the truth, that Kaizer Chiefs really does take care of their players."