The Kaizer Chiefs striker has big am­bi­tions at Na­turena

Kaizer Chiefs are cur­rently in the mid­dle of a re­build­ing phase that has seen a num­ber of se­nior play­ers be­ing shipped out over the past two sea­sons, while new faces, in­clud­ing young striker Ryan Moon, pro­vided a breath of fresh air and showed plenty of p

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Join­ing one of the big­gest clubs in Africa, if not the big­gest, was an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity, for which I’d like to give God all the praise and glory,” Moon says, with a huge grin that sug­gests the ex­cite­ment that comes with be­ing at the Soweto gi­ants has yet to die down. Un­der­stand­ably so, as the 20-year-old is still find­ing his feet as a pro­fes­sional, hav­ing made his Premier Soc­cer League de­but with Mar­itzburg United just 18 months ago – in a 1-1 Absa Premier­ship draw against Plat­inum Stars – be­fore join­ing Chiefs on a three-year deal in July 2016.

Hav­ing made only two pre­vi­ous

se­nior ap­pear­ances prior to his ar­rival at the Glam­our Boys, many sup­port­ers and pun­dits alike ex­pressed shock over the club’s will­ing­ness to show faith in a teenager from out­side their own youth ranks. How­ever, Moon ex­plains that Chiefs coach Steve Kom­phela and for­mer as­sis­tant John Paintsil al­ready had first-hand knowl­edge of his ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and says he needed no con­vinc­ing when the of­fer pre­sented it­self. “Was I sur­prised by Chiefs’ in­ter­est in me? No, not re­ally. My con­tract was com­ing to an end at Mar­itzburg, af­ter ne­go­ti­a­tions to re­new had been go­ing back and forth for some time,” he ex­plains. “Ob­vi­ously coach Steve and John Paintsil saw me be­fore, and knew what I could do from their time when they were both at Mar­itzburg, so I think they

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