AmaKhosi have been short of options on the right hand side of their midfield, after releasing Abia Nale while Mandla Masango has struggled with form in the past
By Ernest Makhaya
Kaizer Chiefs took many of their fans by surprising when they signed Phakamani Mngadi on loan from Belgian second division side KAS Eupen a few weeks ago.
Not too many local football fans know about Mngandi, while others thought he's from one of the neighbouring countries.
However, Mngadi is a local boy, born and bred in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal. He moved to Belgium at a young age and became of the stars there, especially last season.
Mngadi was discovered during one of the games in Pietermaritzburg by his representative Ali Corlak two years ago, and he immediately made his move to Belgium to sign a professional contract with Eupen.
The 19-year-old right winger fitted like a hand in a glove, playing 29 league games for Eupen and scored five goals in the process.
Now, it's an open secret that AmaKhosi needed someone who can bring life to their right flank, as they've only relied on Siboniso Gaxa in the last two seasons although we all know that the former SuperSport United player, who also played in Belgium, is a right-back.
Mandla Masango stopped playing in his second season at Chiefs, while Josta Dladla was brought in to solve their problems on the right hand side of the midfield.
But Dladla is 35 and doesn't have the same pace that he used to have 10 years ago, hence the need to bring in someone young to try and give them a different dimension.
Chiefs have become very predictable in wide areas, with George Lebese and Siphiwe Tshabalala swapping positions for the better part of last season, and that saw them bid for Thabo Qalinge who has since joined Orlando Pirates.
Qalige has just turned 23, and he played almost the same number of games as Mngadi last term, but the only difference is that he scored three goals less than Mngadi the entire season.
Like any other player, Mngadi will need time to adapt to life in the Premier Soccer League (PSL), but once he has settled in, he'll be one of the players to look out for this season.
The stage might be too big for him, but given a fair chance, Mngandi will definitely be in the Bafana Bafana team in the next few months, as Shakes Mashaba believes in young players.