Speaking to FARPost.co.za Kaizer Chiefs defender Njabulo Blom has expressed his delight at being trusted by coach Ernst Midderndorp.
Blom, 19, was promoted from the Amakhosi Multichoice Diski Challenge team in March after a great season there.
He also played a crucial role in ensuring that the U20 national team qualified for the junior World Cup in Poland earlier this year.
In Premier Soccer League (PSL) action, he was tasked to tame one of the deadliest attackers, Mamelodi Sundowns’ Gaston Sirino, in a recent clash that Chiefs won 2-0 in Pretoria.
“It means a lot to me to be playing against big teams like Sundowns and Orlando Pirates,” said Blom, who goes by the nickname Stoppa.
“It shows that where I come from, I have been developed well. It shows my hard work – it shows that I have been disciplined and working hard. I haven’t wasted the opportunity I was given through the MDC and playing in the Castle League (the fourth tier of SA football).
“It is a great feeling it shows that the coach believes in me to play against big teams,” said the SA youth international, who’s from Dobsonville, Soweto.
Blom who played most of his career as a central defender has now adjusted to Midderndorp shifting him to the right and the German has hinted that Blom might even be comfortable as a holding midfielder.
“My relationship with the coach is good, he always asks me where I feel comfortable playing and because I’ve been playing a lot of positions from like an early age, it’s easy. I usually tell him that he can put me in any position because my task is to fulfil the job that he gives me,” said Blom, who apparently just plays football and goes to church, nothing else.
For any player, especially the young ones, they are inspired by other footballers and in Blom’s case, it’s none other than teammate, Mphahlele.
“To be honest I draw inspiration from all my senior players, they’ve been motivating me since day one and they still do even now so all of my senior players are my inspiration.
“I wanna be like them – if possible I was gonna be like all of them, but you know you have to have that one person you look up to and for me it’s Ramahlwe Mpahlele, because we play the same position and he’s always supportive so I look up to him.”
With him delivering good performances and impressing the masses, he dreams of an overseas move.
“It’s every player’s dream to play overseas so I would like to go overseas if the chance ever arises and in God’s time I’ll go overseas.”
By Amahle Siphungu
KAIZER CHIEFS’ (BRIGHT) FUTURE
Besides Blom, Kaizer Chiefs have had some great talent come through from their Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) ranks. It appears the Glamour Boys may not even need to break the bank and go all out in the transfer market… reports Tiyani wa ka Mabasa.
Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (19)
The left-footed midfielder has an educated pass and more importantly, vision. Unfortunately, he got injured and was out for a long time after making his senior team debut in March this year against Supersport United. He’s back now and has featured for the MDC team where he played the first 30 minutes against Stellenbosch.
Happy Mashiane (21)
Like Ngcobo, the left back/winger’s progress has been affected by injury when he reportedly broke his toe earlier in the season, but he’s one for the future, no doubt.
Sizwe Twala (22)
The striker netted 12 goals in the MDC last term and has been training with the first team since the beginning of the season. Chiefs would be hoping that he’s successful compared to some of their strikers from the MDC like Emmanuel Letlotlo, who’s now clubless and Yusuf Bunting, who struggled during his loan spell at Highlands Park.
Keletso Sifama (16)
Still wet behind the ears at just 16, but he’s shown that he should be judged on football ability, nothing else. In the MDC, the attacking midfielder has scored goals and given a chance, he could do the same for the senior team.
Karabo Molefe (16)
Chiefs mentor Ernst Midderndorp admitted recently that Molefe is still far off from playing and that’s why the club re-signed Brylon Petersen. Be that as it may, the fact that he’s been with the first team is a good sign for his future.
*Chiefs also have the likes of Given Thibedi and Itumeleng Shopane who come from their development structures and are on loan at Swallows.