Wits eye Chiefs youngster Cornelli
Wits eye Chiefs youngster Cornelli

Posted in News on Oct 23, 2002.

Premier Soccer League side Wits University have shown interest in Kaizer Chiefs junior international Damien Cornelli and Amakhosi are demanding no less than R200 000 for this future star, according to academy coach Farouk Khan.

"We obviously don’t want to lose this boy but if he has to go it must be for a good prize. I believe Wits are going to benefit tremendously in the long run should they sign him now," said Khan.

Cornelli has recently captured the attention of foreign scouts and was invited for trials in Denmark with first division side AGF.

Danish premier league side AGF somehow got hold of left-back Cornelli’s tape at junior national level and immediately invited the youngster in for trials. The Danes have obviously been impressed by the likes of Bafana Bafana international Sibusiso Zuma, who has had unmatched success with FC Copenhagen since joining them a couple of seasons ago.

"There’s a South African connection in Denmark with Josta (Dladla) the latest to go there,” said Cornelli on his return. "I have been there for two weeks and while there trained with both the first and second teams and played in a friendly match for the reserve teams."

The Kaizer Chiefs Development Academy, which is divided into four categories, has produced a number of quality players some of them play for the first team while others were lost to other PSL teams.

Graduates for 1999-2000 Promoted to
Jabu Pule Kaizer Chiefs - Premier division
Nhlanhla Kubeka Kaizer Chiefs - Premier division
Isaac Mabotsa Kaizer Chiefs - Premier division
Sydwell Makubu Kaizer Chiefs - Premier division. Has nnow left the team
Gift Setai Kaizer Chiefs - Premier division. Has now left the team
Lucky Phillips Kaizer Chiefs - Premier division. Has now left the team
Moffat Mofoka Kaizer Chiefs - Premier division. Now at Classic
Nhlanhla Mathebula Kaizer Chiefs - Premier division
Nzizwa Mningwa Golden Arrows - Premier division
Monde Kubheka Ajax Cape Town - Premier division
Lebogang Matlakala Bloemfontein Celtic
Graduates for 2000-2001 Promoted to
Tshepo Mashishi KC - first team now at Premier United (1st div)
Rufus Mokoti Sold to SuperSport United (PSL)
Oswald Swart All Nations (1st div)
Ryan Hartslief Hellenic (PSL)
Lawrance Ncala On loan to Pietermaritzburg City
Zaid Omar All Nations
Gerald Sibeko KC - first team
Sizwe Mahlangu Santos
Patrick Twala Santos
Graduates for 2001-2002 Promoted to
Andrian Botha All Nations
Thabiso Malatsi KC first team
Simphiwe Mbambo KC first team then loaned to Dynamos
Tshepiso Maphalla Alexandra United
Mphikelele Maseko Pietermaritzburg City
McLeod Nhlapo All Nations
George Ramphela Loaned to Dynamos
Buti Sithole KC first team

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