Future head coach of Duba

There’s something special about 18-year-old Kaiser Chiefs backup forward Vandile Dube, says coach Vela Khumalo, who predicts a bright future for the teenager and believes he will one day become a top striker after an impressive performance at the DStv Diski Shield.

The goalscoring form of the young Chiefs striker is impressive after scoring a brace in the quarter-finals of the Discs Shield tournament against SuperSport United, which Amahosi won 4-2. Duba scored again last Saturday for the young Glamor Boys who eliminated the Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 out of the tournament to reach the final at Giant Stadium in Soshanguwa, Pretoria.

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Despite Duba joining the Chiefs midway through the season, Duba’s influence was visible to Khumalo and to everyone, giving the Amahoshi reserve manager complete confidence in the striker’s bright future.

“Mark my words, you can write it down. Bula will become the best striker in the country. Yes, we have Mduduzi Shabalala, a very special player, and also Mfundo Vilakazi. But with Bula, we have been missing strikers in South Africa for a very long time, and I tell you, Bula is a deadly striker, I have never seen such a deadly striker as he is,” Khumalo said confidently.

“You know, I found out that Bula was playing in one of the Gauteng Development League teams, wasting chances and all that. But I saw something special in it and I thought to myself that if I work on it, it will become something special. I asked him to come to training and we signed him on the second day after scoring four goals in the friendly we played. He has a special talent and he will become something big and I don’t see him playing in South Africa for long, he is a player who will play abroad.”

In another semi-final played at the same venue, Diski Challenge champions Stellenbosch FC defeated Chippa United 1-0. The Stellies will now face the Chiefs in the final to be held at the Mpumalanga Stadium in Hammersdale on 23 July 2022.