Aims and Objectives

The aim of Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development is to identify

players with excellent football skills and

assist them in achieving their football ambition while also empowering them with academic enrichment.

We produce quality players for the Kaizer Chiefs senior team in order to sustain the success of the club

and also contribute to various national teams in the country.


The Youth Development was started around the 1970s operating from Soweto and later had its

base in Rockville to accommodate all the players from around Soweto. It was then known as

Kaizer Chiefs Reserve side and attracted most of its players from Rockville and surrounding

areas of Soweto. It was from this base where players like, Rider Mofokeng, Wellington Manyathi,

Doctor Kumalo, Brian Baloyi, Thabo Mooki, Ntsie Maphike and Trevor Mthimkulu were identified.

Today some of these players are coaches in the Youth Development and others are still household

names in their own rights.

The Reserve Side then evolved in the 1980s to include other junior teams like the under-10 and

under-12 Chappies Little League that produced players like Tshepo Molatedi as well as the

Toyota U21 where players like Isaac Kungoane were discovered. The main reason for

playing in these competitions was to attract players outside Soweto and also to market the

Kaizer Chiefs brand.

In 1996 Kaizer Chiefs forged working links with one of the top universities in South Africa,

Rand Afrikaanse University which had an image of being a white University to blend the

image of the two organisation and produce a true South African partnership.

The RAU Chiefs Development was based on true partnership of exposing football

players to an institution that had all facilities in education, psychology, and welfare as

well as being part of a renowned Football Club.

This relationship produced a number of interesting results both academically and in sporting

world. A number of players from the Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development were awarded certificates

in Sports management as well as one degree while the following players emerged from the

Academy: Jabu Pule, Kaizer Motaung Jnr, Isaac Mabotsa, Thabiso Malatsi, Nhlanhla Kubeka,

Nhlanhla Mathebula, Gerald Sibeko, Buti Sithole, Junior Kanye and recently Lucky Mzizi. Other

players who graduated from the academy and could not be accommodated in the senior team

where loaned to other teams while some players like Patrick Thwala were sold outright.

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The Youth Development used RAU infrastructure in the form of soccer fields, psychologists,

physiotherapists and other facilities including accommodation.

The objective was to attract the best and promising youngsters around South Africa and this was

achieved by the club’s largest network of passionate supporters.

















In 2003, the Youth Development was attracting a number of younger players from the ages of 12

years into the Programme. This necessitated a new approach as the schooling and the housing

of these players. To achieve that, the Youth Development moved to St. Barnabas College in Bosmont

which offered a one stop facility for training, schooling, boarding and lodging for our younger players.

St Barnabas College was chosen for its good academic record over the years. In the past year,

the club has moved some of their players doing Grade 12 to Meadowlands High School in Soweto

and their presence has elevated the standard of soccer at the school.

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In 2006, the Youth Development achieved one of the major milestones when it partnered with the

Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) and Central Johannesburg College to form an alliance that

would allow Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development to have exclusive use of the Central Johannesburg

College sporting facilities at Highveld College including soccer fields, gymnasium. This partnership

also included the moving in-house of the Youth Development players to have exclusive use of the 180

bed hostel, the kitchen and dining facilities. With this relationship, Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development

will be able to reach the local communities, thus imparting football knowledge as well as other life

skills to the community.

This agreement also opens all academic facilities within the control of Central Johannesburg

College to Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development. These facilities include Life Skills Programme, Computer

Training Facilities, Engeneering (Electrical and Civil), Arts and culture, plumbing and bricklaying.

Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development is now a fully fletched academy with players from the ages of 12 to

18 years. The players who come from outside Johannesburg who were previously housed at St

Barnabas and the Club House in Auckland Park have now been relocated to Highveld College resident.

The Youth Development is supported by a structure of highly qualified staff in their various

disciplines starting from management, education and coaching.

The Administration

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Vincent Williams – Manager Youth Development Programme whose overall responsibility is

to oversee all activities of the Youth Development

Adison Bongani Mngadi – Education Manager whose responsibility is total education

responsibility within the Youth Development.

Abe Ditsego – Transport Manage and House father who is responsible for all

transport logistics in the Development including responsibility for boarding and

lodging of players.

Benett Mehlomakhulu – Kit Manager responsible for players kit and uniform

Joe Matebege - Kit Manager responsible for players kit and uniform

Current Coaching Staff

Ryder Mofokeng
Doctor Khumalo
Ntsie Mphike

In 2006, the Youth Development and the whole soccer fraternity lost Patrick “Ace”

Ntsoelengoe who was our under 15 coach at the time of his death.

The staff is constantly in touch with players looking after their welfare, schooling and

medical needs. Regular interface between parents and the Development staff is

encouraged thus helping bridge the gap of players being home sick. This is done in the

form of formal meetings or by telephone.

Youth Development Achievements

Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development players have been involved in a number of local

as well as international tournaments as a team or the players being part of a National structure.

Our players were part of a group that represented South Africa in France in

1998 in an International Youth Competition in which they were knocked out by

Argentine in the final. Some players were involved in the Danone Competition in

France 2002 and were knocked out in the semi-final by Holland.

In June 2003 the Youth Development Under 15 team was invited to participate in

The Milk Cup competition in Ireland. Our team played against most youth teams

from the English Premier Division Clubs and was knocked out in the final by Maccabi

Heifa from Israel.

A number of players impressed the scouts in this tournament and one of our player,

Michael Nkabule has been signed by Straussberg Academy in France.

In 2004, the Under 15 team won the National Nike Tournament and went to play in

the International Manchester United Premier Cup in Manchester, England.

(Video) Kaizer Chiefs Youth U15, U17 & U19 preparing for GDL

During 2004, our teams won the U15, U17 and U19 local league titles with the

U13 being placed second. Earlier in 2005, the U17 competed in the Zayed International

Youth Cup in Abu Dhabi. Our team came third in this competition with bronze medals.

The Kaizer Chiefs U13 Development team competed in the MDC International Youth

Tournament in Seoul, Korea in June 2005 where they played against National

teams from Korea, Paraguay and Japan. They were beaten in the finals by Japan

National team and were awarded FIFA Fair Play Shield and Silver medals.

In June 2006, Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development U19 side competed in the Hong

Kong Sevens Football tournament. This is a seven a side tournament played in Hong

Kong by most of the European and Asian teams.

In August 2006 the Under-17 team was invited to compete in a U17 World Tournament in

Spain. In this tournament teams from as far as South America and Europe were invited

and Kaizer Chiefs was the only team from South Africa. Our performance in this tournament

was excellent as Real Madrid in the quarter finals.

The Youth Academy reports their developments directly to the Kaizer Chiefs management

on a regular basis and the senior team technical staff always provides the necessary

support. Senior team players recovering from injuries are sometimes allowed to train with

the Reserve team in the Academy as well as getting involved in playing friendly games with

the Youth teams. This is used as a bridging exercise to enable the junior players to acclimatize

themselves with senior players. At other times, some Development players are also allowed

to train with the senior team as well as playing against the senior team.

The Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development Academy is a programme that is FREE of charge for all playersacross the different age-groups. We currently have five age-groups namely our under-13, under-15, under-17, under-19 and the reserve team.

Our responsibility as a football club is to set and maintain a standard of excellence at the training rounds.

We expect extremely high standards of our players, and we expect them to understand that their development starts every day that they walk through the gates of the KC Village.

The KC developmenthouses some of its players at the state of the art KC Village in Naturena where players are under the tutelage of house fathers and mothers.

The academy team does not hold open trials as most of our players are scouted around the country, and then invited for further assessment.

Kindly be informed that Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development Academy will have a player assessment inFebruary2019, for players between the ages of11 years & 17 years ONLY.


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1.Under-13 2.Under-15 3.Under-174.Under-195. Reserve Team

Academy playerstrain 3- 5 days a week, with one game per week. The focus of the playersdevelopment is the training that occurs throughout the week, as theytrain to develop as players, not in preparation for their next game. KC playerstrain in training groups. Training groups are not organized by the year of birth, but by the players’ needs and skills level.

The leagues that the development teams participate in are the SAFA Gauteng Development League – GDL, SAFA Johannesburg – SAB League and the MultiChoice Diski Challenge – MDC.


Development Coaches:Arthur Zwane, Sundra Govinder, Ace Khuse, Jimmy Jambo, Tshidiso Letsholonyane

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How do you get to Trials at Kaizer Chiefs? ›

The academy team does not hold open trials as most of our players are scouted around the country, and then invited for further assessment. Kindly be informed that Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development Academy will advise on the next player assessment. For more information e-mail us: development@kaizerchiefs.com.

Where does Kaizer Chiefs Academy train? ›

The club's headquarters are at the Kaizer Chiefs Village in Naturena, which is six kilometres to the south of Johannesburg. It includes a complex of playing fields, offices and training facilities, including the KC Retail Store.

What is football academy trials? ›

An academy football trial allows young players to get a taste of the academy environment. Players can experience the surroundings at a potential club before committing to them or being offered a period of registration.

Does Sundowns have an academy? ›

Mamelodi Sundowns Academy is in Jabavu Central Western, Soweto. day of football in Soweto against selected teams.

How do you get selected for soccer trials? ›

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What is the best academy in soccer? ›


La Masia is regarded as the best youth soccer academy in the world. When La Masia players made their debuts for Barcelona, several became the world's greatest footballers. These are Andres Iniesta, Xavi, and Sergio Busquets. Today, La Masia is the best football youth academy in the world.

Which team has the best youth academy? ›

Here are the top 10 football academies in the world.
  1. FC Barcelona. Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta graduated out of the La Masia academy and went to become great footballers.
  2. Manchester United.
  3. Ajax. ...
  4. Real Madrid. ...
  5. Borussia Dortmund. ...
  6. Bayern Munich. ...
  7. Boca Juniors. ...
  8. Lyon. ...
2 Jun 2021

How much is FC Barcelona academy? ›

It costs over $70,000 a year to put a player through the programme. Fortunately, the player's families have access to financial aid. Every year Barcelona Residency Academy have spent $2.5million in scholarships across all ten of their teams, with an emphasis on the top four academy sides.

What do coaches look for in trials? ›

Your attitude, ability to take constructive criticism, be realistic about your athletic standing and listen to people are all key things a coach will value in your character and absolutely take into consideration in your progression towards the final outcome that the trial leads towards.

Do academy players get paid? ›

The answer is yes, Academy players get paid. But, it depends on the player's age, the club, talent and interest from other clubs. Youth players receive a salary when they leave school and sign a professional contract. Like other industries where an apprentice receives a low wage before signing a professional contract.

What age do most footballers get scouted? ›

At what age do footballers get scouted? You can get scouted in football from the ages of 7 until 22 and most of the players get scouted by football academies at 13. There isn't necessarily a specific age when you're too old to get scouted, however, the oldest age for you to be scouted normally is the early twenties.

Which academy is the best in Africa? ›

Which are the best football academies in Africa and Asia?
  1. Midas Football Academy, Nigeria.
  2. Mohammed VI Academy, Morocco. ...
  3. Katumbi Football Academy, DR Congo. ...
  4. PEPSI Football Academy, Nigeria. ...
  5. Ligi Ndogo Academy, Kenya. ...
  6. West African Football Academy, Ghana. ...
  7. Kwara Football Academy, Nigeria. ...
  8. Mimos Sifcom Academy, Ivory Coast. ...
21 Jun 2022

How much PSL pay teams get per month? ›

All 16 PSL teams each receive a monthly grant of R2. 5 million, while those in the NFD get R750 000 per month.

Which is the richest team in PSL? ›

Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club is the richest club in South Africa. The team is situated in Mamelodi in Tshwane. Sundowns officially became a football club in 1970 and became part of the National Soccer League in 1983. The Sundowns have won the PSL title nine times since its inception in 1996.

What coaches look for in soccer tryouts? ›

Some of the skills that you must be able to perform at the soccer tryouts are: tapping the ball, controlling the ball, taking a shot, dribbling and passing. The coaches are also looking at your soccer knowledge and instincts. An average player with excellent conditioning will always catch a coach's eye.

How do you impress a coach at tryouts? ›

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What do coaches look for in a player? ›

Coaches will look at their mental and psychological make-up, their mental ability to quickly and correctly read and assess situations, their motivational drive and will power, their self-confidence and emotional stability.

What soccer scouts look for in a player? ›

Scouts seek out players who demonstrate confidence, poise, calmness, and determination. How does that look on the pitch? A poised and confident player makes good tactical decisions, not hurriedly or hesitantly, both of which can suggest nervousness.

What do Academy scouts look for? ›

The best youngsters will know exactly what they are going to do before they even receive the ball. Looking for the next pass, controlling the ball under pressure and decision-making are all vital components of a technically gifted player, and they are the first things most leading scouts will want to see.

What do football scouts look for in a defender? ›

The main attributes a scout looks for in a Central Defender are: Ball Control (becoming more important for defenders) Bravery in attempting challenges. Concentration.

Do academy players get paid soccer? ›

In the United States, only professional players get paid

Instead, top youth players often enter the “professional” level as youth players. Not all of these younger players earn a professional contract, but the ones that do are paid.

How can my son get scouted? ›

How to get your child scouted for football
  1. Help them with their temperament and attitude. Most parents assume that the most important skills that a young player can have are technical ones. ...
  2. Take them to watch as much live football as possible. ...
  3. Create playing opportunities.
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What percent of academy soccer players go pro? ›

Only 1.4% of soccer players who play at a college level in the United States, go on to become professional soccer players. Whereas it is less than 1 percent of soccer players who go to a club, normally by the age of nine, will actually make it to the professional ranks.

What percentage of academy players make it? ›

Out of the children who enter academies at the age of nine, less than one percent will make it as a professional footballer at any level. In terms of playing Premier League football, just 180 children of the 1.5 million who play organised youth football at any one time will go onto a career in football.

What is the highest level of youth soccer? ›

The Academy is the highest level of youth soccer in the U.S. and the program works to ensure elite environments to maximize youth player development nationwide.

What is the largest youth soccer club in the world? ›

With 28 domestic clubs, 19 international clubs, and over 35,000 players all together, Rush Soccer claims the title as the 'the largest youth soccer club in the world.

Is Real Madrid academy free? ›

School Fees

According to officials of the Real Madrid Football Academy Port Harcourt, the school fee in Nigeria is free to all Rivers State indigenes, who will constitute 70 per cent of the students, while 30 per cent will be open to trainee footballers from other states across the country.

How much is Real Madrid academy fees? ›

Fees: One Month: 850 S.R. Two Months: 1500 S.R. Three Months: 2000 S.R.

How can I join Barcelona? ›

The documentacion you have to bring is an ID card, and a bank account number. Membership registration fee from 1sr of October is €195 and is valid until 31 December 2022. Payment of the membership fee must be made in cash or by credit card. The annual membership fee is €195.

How do you impress a soccer coach? ›

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How do you impress a soccer scout? ›

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Do academy players go pro? ›

Of the 16-year-olds who played for elite academies from 2017 to 2019, almost four in five received a professional contract or had their contract extended. And almost three-quarters of the 2019/20 academy Under 18s were handed a professional deal or an extension.

How often do academy players train? ›

But a general football academy training syllabus will involve the following: Football Academy Players train 2 times during the mid week, learning skills and techniques. On the weekend (normally a Sunday), Football Academy Players will play a football match against another academy team.

Do academy players have agents? ›

In clubs with category one and two academies, agents could well be engaged when the player turns 16. However, it usually starts when the player turns 18/19 years old or when they are offered a professional contract. Up until that point, there isn't really a lot to discuss or negotiate.”

Which country in Africa is best in soccer? ›

Senegal has been crowned FIFA's African top team of the year for the fourth time in a row in the latest world rankings released on Thursday by football's world governing body said.

Which country pays highest in Africa? ›

As of 2022, Morocco had the highest average monthly salaries in Africa. Employees in the country earned around 2,030 U.S. dollars per month. South Africa and Tunisia followed, with average monthly salaries amounting to 2,026 U.S. dollars and 1,348 U.S. dollars, respectively.

Which country is number 1 in education in Africa? ›

1. Seychelles: It is the only African country in the top 50 education systems in the world, ranking 43rd ahead of Ukraine, Hungary, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates. It is ranked 28th in the world for Critical Thinking in Teaching and 34th for Graduate Skillset.

HOW MUCH DO PSL referees get paid? ›

The average salary for a referee is R 4 346 per month in South Africa.

Who is the richest coach in South Africa? ›

Here's how much Kaizer Chiefs' head coach takes home every month. Arthur Zwane is now the HIGHEST-PAID coach in the PSL! His staggering salary will leave you shocked. Here's how much Kaizer Chiefs' head coach takes home every month.

Who is the richest coach in Africa? ›

Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane. Seeing out his new two-year deal that's believed to have made him the highest paid football coach in Africa, would make Al Ahly's Pitso Mosimane the third longest-serving mentor in the club's history.

Who is the richest player in SA? ›

Top 15 Richest Footballers In South Africa 2022
  • Kermit Erasmus-$900,000.
  • Siphiwe Tshabalala-$930,000.
  • George Lebese-$950,000.
  • Dean Furman-$980,000.
  • Itumeleng Khune-$1 million.
  • Bernard Parker-$1.3 million.
  • Thulani Hlatshwayo – $2 million.
  • Andile Jali – $3 million. Richest Footballers In South Africa (Summary)

Who is richest person in South Africa? ›

Ranking fourth and fifth in South Africa were Koos Bekker and Michiel Le Roux with a net worth of 2.2 billion and 1.7 billion U.S. dollars, respectively.
South Africa's billionaires as of 2022 (net worth in billion U.S. dollars)
CharacteristicNet worth in billion U.S. dollars
Nicky Oppenheimer & family8.6
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Who is richest owner in PSL? ›

Who is the richest football club owner in South Africa? Mamelodi Sundowns is South Africa's wealthiest soccer team. Patrice Motsepe, the country's mining tycoon and head of the Confederation of African Football, is the club's owner.

Do Man City do open trials? ›

The Club don't hold open trials, we have scouts attending lots of games worldwide looking for talented players for Manchester City. We advise all aspiring footballers to continue to work hard and play to the best of their ability.

How do I register for a soccer academy in South Africa? ›

How do I register for a soccer academy in South Africa? For starters, you must download a soccer academy registration form and sign up to become a member. The application form must be completed by the person applying for the Players Agents License. The South African Football Association issues the license.

How do I contact Kaizer Chiefs? ›

+27 82 992 XXXX. +27 11 941 XXXX.
Kaizer Chiefs FC.
Address5/6 Lena Road, Johannesburg, Gauteng 2195, ZA
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How can I get Manchester United trials? ›

Can I get a trial to play for Manchester United, and do you offer scholarships? We do not hold open trials. Our scouting operation works so that before any player comes to our club, they will have been initially assessed by one of our scouts.

How long does a soccer trial last? ›

How long do trials last? “They're normally two to three days long, but can last up to a week. In some cases, if they're looking to cover a position or a need urgently they can last up to 10 days.

How do you get trials at a football club? ›

The key is to play in games that are being watched by scouts or people associated with football clubs such as coaches or officials.
  1. Attend open football trials. Open trial events are held across the world. ...
  2. Ask a football club directly. An obvious suggestion is to contact a club directly to ask for a trial.
23 Oct 2019

How much is Manchester football academy fee? ›

All Manchester Academy families are required to pay a building pledge of $3,000.00. A $500.00 payment is due per year, for 6 years, beginning in 5K or the first year your child is enrolled in school. May be paid in monthly installments along with tuition. Previously signed pledges will be honored.

What is the best age to join a soccer academy? ›

Normally one of the best ages to join an academy is around 13. As Pro Contracts can be given from the age of 16 and 18, is better to join before this age. However, every situation is different.

Which soccer academy is the best? ›

Barcelona (La Masia)

Undoubtedly the best soccer academy in the world, La Masia has produced several talents that have progressed to become the face of football in Spain and Europe. In 2011, three of its graduates were nominees in the final three for the Ballon d'Or.

How do you become a PSL player? ›


Does Kaizer Chiefs have an academy? ›

The Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development Academy is a programme that is FREE of charge for all players across the different age-groups. We currently have five age-groups namely our under-13, under-15, under-17, under-19 and the reserve team.

How do I get a Kaizer Chiefs membership card? ›

Please send your title, name, surname, cell phone number, town and province and e-mail address to Supporters@kaizerchiefs.com so that we can add your details on our prospect database. When we are ready to launch you will be the first to know! We are passionate about our team. Our support is unwavering.

What is the net worth of Kaizer Chiefs? ›

The Johannesburg-based side has an estimated net worth of EUR14. 85 million making it the third wealthiest football team in South Africa 2022. In Africa, Kaizer Chiefs is 7th among the most affluent clubs.

What do football trials look for? ›

Football trials are used across a variety of sporting spheres as a stepping stone for larger opportunities.
  • Skill. The first and most obvious quality that a coach will look for is a skill set that matches the aspirations of the subsequent opportunity. ...
  • Adaptability. ...
  • Communication. ...
  • Resilience. ...
  • Leadership. ...
  • Character.
25 Jan 2019

How do I apply for football trials UK? ›

The Path To a Football Trial in the UK
  1. Find a football agency or football club.
  2. Call or send an e-mail for inquiries.
  3. Go to their website and get registered.
  4. Look up their trial day calendar and book your participation.
  5. Pay the fee and complete your booking.
6 May 2022

Do Manchester United academy players get paid? ›

The answer is yes, Academy players get paid. But, it depends on the player's age, the club, talent and interest from other clubs. Youth players receive a salary when they leave school and sign a professional contract. Like other industries where an apprentice receives a low wage before signing a professional contract.


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