New­comer Blom looks set to blos­som

THE VER­SA­TILE YOUNG CHIEFS DE­VEL­OP­MENT PROD­UCT HAS LOFTY AM­BI­TIONS

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At only 19, Njab­ulo Blom has al­ready displayed glimpses of a bright fu­ture for Kaizer Chiefs.

The ver­sa­tile player, who can play as a cen­tral mid­fielder or as a de­fender, is one of the many young play­ers from Amakhosi who have been able to break into the se­nior team again­stall-odds .

It’s never easy for a young­ster to come from the Amakhosi de­vel­op­ment ranks and push to the first team, but since Blom has man­aged to do it, like Nkos­inghiphile Nq­cobo and a few be­fore them, the Soweto-born player has big dreams. While he is not plan­ning to stay at Chiefs for long, he wants to help Chiefs bring back the glory days of win­ning tro­phies sea­son after sea­son.

“I have big dreams and what I want to achieve now in life is to be the first South African player to play for a big team like Real Madrid in Spain. That is my big­gest wish and I am con­fi­dent that it can hap­pen. I work very hard every day at train­ing be­cause I re­ally want to see my dreams ma­te­ri­al­is­ing. But, I know that any­thing is pos­si­ble as long as I be­lieve and make sure that I pray and work hard to get there,” said Blom.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing for a big team to be go­ing through­out the whole sea­son with­out win­ning a tro­phy. It’s not re­ally nice be­cause a lot of peo­ple love Chiefs and they want to see the team do­ing well. I am just glad that we have been able to pick our­selves up from last sea­son,” he con­tin­ued.

Be­ing part of the first team, Blom doesn’t re­ally get enough game time at the se­nior team, but he does make an im­pact when­ever given a chance - he is play­ing in the Mul­tichoice Diski Chal­lenge team most of the time.

“The coach said when­ever I play in the Mul­tiChoice Diski Chal­lenge I have to show that I’m with the se­nior team now. I mean it’s a huge deal for one to find him­self play­ing for a big team like Kaizer Chiefs. I am very hon­oured and priv­i­leged to be part of the team that I grew up sup­port­ing,” he con­tin­ued.

“It’s re­ally a bless­ing to be part of the Chiefs team, I have learnt a lot since I started be­ing part of the squad. I have also learnt a lot from the guys here be­cause we all have one com­mon goal, which is to see Kaizer Chiefs suc­ceed­ing.”

This sea­son Chiefs have been the best team in the Absa Premier­ship and they cur­rently lead the stand­ings with 28 points from 11 games, but they were knocked out of the Telkom Knock­out by Mar­itzburg United on Sun­day.

The de­fender says it’s dis­ap­point­ing to be out of the TKO, but adds that they will con­tinue fight­ing hard to en­sure that they re­main on top of the log.

“I think we have been do­ing quite well this sea­son, es­pe­cially in the league. Our ma­jor plan is to win the league. We are dis­ap­pointed with what has hap­pened in the past. Now we are aim­ing for big­ger things. Ev­ery­one at Chiefs is hun­gry for suc­cess, it’s a pity we didn’t do well in the Telkom Knock­out. But such is foot­ball and dis­ap­point­ments will al­ways be there. We just need to pick our­selves up and go on to win our next games.”

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