Collins Mbesuma Warns Kaizer Chiefs Youngsters About the Danger of Using Social Media Too Much

Collins Mbesuma Warns Kaizer Chiefs Youngsters About the Danger of Using Social Media Too Much

Byron Pillay
June 17, 2024 at 9:40 AM
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  • Collins Mbesuma has advised some of Kaizer Chiefs' younger stars to remain grounded in order to enjoy successful careers
  • Chiefs have promoted the likes of Mfundo Vilakazi, Mduduzi Shabalala, and Wandile Duba to the first team in recent seasons
  • Mbesuma spent just one season at the Amakhosi but became an icon for the side and a Premier Soccer League record-holder

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Is too much social media a bad thing for young football players?

Kaizer Chiefs legend Collins Mbesuma certainly seems to think so.

Collins Mbesuma scored 35 goals in 33 appearances for Kaizer Chiefs.
Collins Mbesuma has urged Kaizer Chiefs' youngsters to remain grounded and not get caught up in the hype on social media. Image: @iDiskiTimes.
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The Zambian striker, who made history in the Premier Soccer League for the Amakhosi, recently gave some advice to the club’s young players.

As reported by FARPost, Mbesuma urged the team’s younger stars to remain grounded and limit their time on social media.

“For me, the most important thing is don’t focus too much on social media.
“On social media, everybody is talking, so I would advise a young player on how he’s going to handle that. That’s the most important thing,” he said.

He added that players could easily get caught up in the hype surrounding them on social media and then fail to live up to expectations.

“Social media has killed a lot of players, you can score a beautiful goal, then have one million followers. Now everyone is praising you, and you think you have arrived. Then, after one season, the player just disappears,” Mbesuma said.

Chiefs’ talented youngsters earn first-team appearances

In recent seasons, the Amakhosi has shown more faith in their youngsters, promoting many from the DStv Diski Challenge side.

Young talents like Mfundo Vilakazi, Mduduzi Shabalala, and Wandile Duba have already been called up to the main squad.

GOAL noted that 18-year-old Vilakazi has already been rewarded with a senior team contract.

Mbesuma remains a Chiefs icon

Despite leaving the squad in 2005 after just one season, the Zambian remains a club icon.

In 2004, he was signed by the Amakhosi and averaged over a goal a game for the Soweto giants. Mbseuma scored 35 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions, with 25 of those strikes coming in the league.

The 25-goal achievement set a new record in the league, which still stands to this day.

Chiefs hand Vilakazi lengthy contract

Vilakazi has proven himself to be a promising young talent, and Chiefs have rewarded his performances.

Sports Brief reported that the Soweto-based side have handed Vilakazi a new long-term contract.

The 18-year-old caught the eye of the first-team coaches after his impressive display in the DStv Diski Challenge.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.