Is Chiefs’ teenage goal-scoring wizard the PSL’s saviour?

2014-05-04 15:00

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Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs’ forwards have been firing blanks and consistently fail to score even 15 goals in 30 games.

But that might be history soon if Kaizer Chiefs Under-19 striker Brandon Konki keeps his performance at the current rate.

Even though his side was knocked out of the Metropolitan Premier Cup last weekend by five-time champions Hellenic, Konki is surely a player to watch in the next two to three years.

The 17-year-old netted 40 goals in 31 games in the Safa Soweto Regional League for the Chiefs Under-17 team last year.

Promoted to the ­Under-19 side in the current season, the Grade 10 pupil at HeronBridge College in Joburg has scored 14 goals in eight games for Amakhosi.

Konki did not suddenly become a prolific striker, he started playing football at the age of three. He has been a top goal-scorer everywhere he has played – from primary school level up to his current team.

“Soccer grew up in me because I started playing at a young age and have never looked back,” he told.

City Press, explaining why he chose soccer above other sports he has participated in, such as golf and athletics.

Konki was not concerned that his side was knocked out early in the recent Premier Cup as he believes the team did not create enough scoring opportunities.

He enjoys enormous support from his father – BK Investment Holdings CEO Butityi Konki.?Konki senior attended the Metropolitan showpiece last week and said parental support was vital for a child to excel in whatever sport they play.

“Parental support is very important because you see the progression, which helps forbid a situation where you force your child into something they do not enjoy,” he said.

Brandon’s aim is to break into the Chiefs first team in the near future and play for Bafana Bafana.

“But that does not mean I will abandon my studies, I want to enrol for architecture or graphic design after matric,” he said.

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