Former Kaizer Chiefs winger Junior Khanye has cast doubt over the readiness of teenagers such as Mfundo Vilakazi to be promoted to the senior team.
Khanye was speaking to ThisIsFootballAfrica on why South African clubs are reluctant to promote teenagers just like how PSG did with 16-year-old Warren Zaire-Emery.
Zaire-Emery became one of the youngest players to feature in the UEFA Champions League against Bayern Munich earlier this week.
And Khanye believes Zaire-Emery was properly developed but he can’t say the say the same about 17-year-old Vilakazi whom a section of Chiefs once wants him in the first team.
While Vilakazi is talented and has been impressive for the Chiefs DStv Diski Challenge team, he is still far from being a finished product, according to Khanye.
And of the lack of proper scouts and coaches in the Chiefs youth structures, Khanye doesn’t think Vilakazi would make it should he be promoted to the first team.
“For example, if Arthur Zwane had to promote a young star like Mfundo Vilakazi from the DStv Diski challenge squad, would the youngster be ready.
“And if he is not, why are our young players not ready for senior football. Why is it that other countries are able to develop young players faster, both technically, tactically and in a physical nature as witnessed by the physical physique of the 16-year-old Frenchman,” Khanye told the publication.
“The thing is, is Mfundo Vilakazi properly developed right now? Yes, I see he is talented and raw but is he well developed?” asked Khanye.
“When he arrives at the senior side, is he going to rise to the occasion? SA youngsters are not well prepared. They’ve never played in a full capacity stadium at an early age.
“It’s very easy to play in these major tournaments in the location. So, Mfundo Vilakazi… I can’t see him dancing alone, yes at the DStv Diski Challenge, I saw the talent is there, make no mistake he is one of the gifted talents.
“If he is promoted, the expectation will be greater because at the DDC there are no expectations. So, then it comes down to if they developed the boy properly.
“In my opinion, Kaizer Chiefs no longer have those kinds of people that can develop players properly. So, because of this, I doubt that Mfundo Vilakazi will rise if given an opportunity.
“It will take him about three or four years, because of the lack of proper development at teams like Chiefs for example,” concluded Khanye.