Player discovery: Introducing Kieran Ngwenya


Born in Scotland to South African parents Kieran Ngwenya is currently going through the ranks of Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen where he recently signed his first professional contract as a full-time player in the 2020/21 season.  

The 17-year-old left back was groomed in his local town of Edinburg where he initially started as an athlete with his sprinting abilities attracting interest of scouts from Tyne Castle FC who signed him immediately to join their youth set-up.

It is at Tyne Castle where he started playing well as a left back using his speed and skills as his strengths. Eddie Smeaton is Aberdeen’s head of scouting and he is the one who discovered Ngwenya and managed to bring him into the team where he has grown in leaps and bounds in the past 3 years.


The defender has already made the senior team’s bench in a recent league game against Dundee last month and if he continues to play the way he has been playing with the club’s development squads he is destined to make his debut soon.

Derek McInnes, who is the club’s head coach, has high praise for the teenager complimenting his abilities and explaining why they recruited him.

“Kieran was a regular last season for the U18s, having a hugely impressive season, whilst also continuing his full-time studies.” he explained.

“We watched him for several years before bringing him in last season. His education was important to him so we supported his schooling last year and he now joins us full-time. He has massive potential, as he showed last season when he played for the U18s.” 

Speaking of the player’s strengths the coach singled out his pace, skills and his height as some of the key aspects in his game. “He is a left-back who is tall and defends well, but can also get forward. His pace is frightening, and he makes good use of the ball – a tremendous athlete. His maturity and footballing ability means he could go very far in the game, as could all our new recruits if they work hard and show the correct attitude,” he continued.


“We were so pleased to get Kieran here, as a number of top clubs were keen to get him, but he was pleased with the support he received from the club in terms of helping him with his education. It’s great for us to get such a highly rated player from Edinburgh, under the noses of the big teams in the central belt. Eddie Smeaton is our scout in the Lothian and Southern Scotland and he is a very well-respected figure in the area and he knew Kieran well as he had coached him in the past. We are always looking to get the best players we can throughout the whole of Scotland,” the coach concluded.

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