Muhoni’s son shines in Mzansi STAR ATTRACTION . . . Royce Muhoni inspired Kaizer Chiefs to claim the U17 Vision View Easter Cup of Champions in Johannesburg yesterday.

Bruce Chikuni in JOHANNESBURG, South Africa

ROYCE Muhoni inspired Kaizer Chiefs claim the U-17 Vision View Easter Cup of Champions in Johannesburg yesterday. 

The 16-year-old is the son of former, Warriors, Black Rhinos, and Dynamos hitman, Lazarus. 

Amakhosi downed Panorama FC in a nervy penalty shout-out. 

Muhoni started getting fans’ attention after providing two assists when the Chiefs thumped Mamelodi Sundowns 3-0 to book their spot in the tournament’s final. 

All eyes were on him in the competition’s final and he did justice to those who were asking for more with timed runs, brilliant off-the-ball movement, and excellent diagonal passes. 

Ex-Kaizer Chiefs and Warriors defender, Zhaimu Jambo spent his time trying to explain the potential of Muhoni to many who showed great interest after the match.

Jambo is partly responsible for Muhoni’s development having coached him at the team’s U15 side last season. 

“He was amazing to watch but that was not his best performance. Muhoni is way better than this and I believe it’s not going to take him time to play at the top level,” said Jambo. 

“I worked with him last season and I know what I’m talking about but he still has a few boxes he needs to tick because Muhoni is full of energy but he just doesn’t know how to keep going. 

“If he can remain humble and pay attention to detail, nothing is going to stop Muhoni from playing in Europe.” 

From Zimbabwe, Legends Academy was also part of this tournament which involved academies of South Africa’s DStv Premiership teams. 

They failed to progress to the knock-out stages despite recording the tournament’s biggest win when they hammered Rocking Stars 6-0. 

Their exciting striker, Tatenda Maulidi netted four times but the 15-year-old, finished two goals behind the eventual Golden Boot winner. 

Maulidi was also part of the Zimbabwe Under-15 side which participated in the African Schools Championship in Harare last year. 

“This tournament helped me to gauge the progress I’m making,” said Maulidi. 

“This trip has challenged me to push to the limits as soon as possible because young players of my age are showing hunger to make a quick top-flight breakthrough. I’ve seen that it is very possible and we are on the right track to achieve that. 

“As a group, we also learned that teamwork gives you more than anything and I hope that we will perform better next time when we get the same opportunity.” 

Blessing “Kante” Mazambani was also one of Legends Academy’s better players during their tour. 

He told Zimpapers Sport that this competition was an eye-opener. 

“It was more of a dream come true for me because it was my first time to move out of the country. There are a lot of things which I was doing wrong and this trip helped me to change how I should play and train,” said Mazambani. 

“My family and friends were very excited about the opportunity and it made me realise what my success means to them. 

“I’m going to try my best to live to my coach’s expectations because he has shown unexplainable passion for my growth.”

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