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Thu Apr 24 03:08:24 SAST 2014

Chiefs' Hlongwa not worried by age

TEAMtalk Media | 18 July, 2012 11:420 Comments
Sakhile Hlongwa
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New Kaizer Chiefs signing Sakhile Hlongwa insists he is not concerned by his lack of experience as he looks to break into Stuart Baxter's first-team plans.

The 17-year-old penned a professional contract with Amakhosi during the current transfer window, but he insists he will not be intimidated by the more experienced players in the PSL.

When asked if he was worried about his relatively young age, he told Chiefs' official website: "No not at all. I am just excited with the challenge of playing for Kaizer Chiefs.

"I am also not worried about life in Johannesburg as I come from a very strict family. I know what is expected of me and I have full support of my family.

"They call me everyday in the morning and in the evening to check up on me. My older sister Phumelele is also very supportive. It also helps that at some stage I stayed at Sibizo Football Academy away from my family."

Hlongwa, who was first spotted while playing for eThekwini Coastal against Orlando Pirates in last season's Nedbank Cup, will be led by highly rated coach Stuart Baxter this season. And the forward admits he is delighted to be working under the experienced tactician.

"I did not have an idea he was such a good coach," he added. "He has been brilliant and I am learning a lot from him every day.

"I have no doubt that under his guidance my game will develop tremendously. We are all happy with his training methods and we are very excited to be working with him."

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