Who is Teenage Hadebe? Profiling the defender who's on the brink of joining Kaizer Chiefs

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Goal takes a look at who Hadebe is, and what Amakhosi fans can expect from him in the new season

Kaizer Chiefs are expected to complete the signing of Teenage Hadebe before the end of the week. The lanky central defender arrived in South Africa on Tuesday.

The majority of Amakhosi fans have been skeptical of the player, simply because they have not seen him in action even though the club appears convinced that he has what it takes to stabilize their leaky defence.


THE PLAYER


Hadebe is a 21-year-old central defender, who began his professional over five years ago at Bantu FC.

After three seasons at the Zimbabwean outfit, the defender caught the eye of Highlanders where he played a single season before moving to Chicken Inn in the Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League.  

He’s been at Chicken Inn since January 2016.

In August 2016, Hadebe was invited for trials by Chiefs, but he went back to his native land without striking a deal.

Teenage Hadebe - Zimbabwe

However, Chiefs continued to keep tabs on him, and at the beginning of the 2017, they were interested in bringing him on board to try and help them challenge for the league title.

They opted to wait for six more months before engaging the player again.

Prior to attracting interest from Chiefs, Hadebe came to South Africa for trials, but that was three years ago, and he spent some time on trial at Ajax Cape Town, only to fail to land a professional contract.

On the international stage, Hadebe represented Zimbabwe at junior levels, and notably featured against the South African U20 national team which consisted of the likes of Keagan Dolly among others three years ago.

He graduated to the Warriors soon afterwards, and since making his senior national team debut in 2015, Hadebe went on to win eight caps and scored four international goals in the process.   


WHAT AMAKHOSI FANS SHOULD EXPECT


Hadebe is a classy defender, who has a knack for goals. He’s tall and can read the game very well. He’s organized and he's also not afraid of making important tackles in and around the box.

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Aerially, Hadebe is a beast, but he’s as comfortable with the ball at his feet.

He is a leader and possesses strong communication skills, and if he adapts quickly at his new club, Hadebe will be a great acquisition and an asset in the coming season.

His level of commitment is amazing, and he will not doubt add value to the side that has struggled to replace Tefu Mashamaite over the past two seasons. 

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