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Bunting Jr out to rectify Chiefs' scoring woes

Kaizer Chiefs' reserve team striker Yaseen Bunting has credited his older brother, Yusuf, for the continuous support in his blossoming career.

Following Bunting Sr's one-season long loan deal to Highlands Park, Bunting Jr finally came out of his shadows and signalled his introduction to the MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC) football with a bang. He scored a hat-trick on debut after coming on as a second-half substitute against Chippa United at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday. It was the striker's third consecutive hat-trick this season having already scored two in the Castle League.

"I've waited for this chance for a long time now, and coach Arthur (Zwane) believed in my potential for a long time," Bunting Jr said after their 10-0 hammering of Chippa. "After playing two games and scoring two hat-tricks in the lower division, he called me up and I did my job. It hasn't been an easy road especially coming from the juniors, but I want to thank my brother for the support. At times, we work on our finishing together."

His coach, Zwane, who lacked a prolific goal-poacher in the first five matches of the season believes that Bunting Jr might be their solution to their scoring problems. During the transfer window, they lost attacking trio Bunting Snr (Highlands), Asanda Dyani (Ubuntu Cape Town) and Katlego Ntsabeleng (Coastal Carolina University, US). And that proved to be costly, as in those matches they managed to only bag one win, while enduring three draws and one loss.

"We took young Bunting and put him in the deep end. People didn't think that he was ready but he went in there and scored three goals," Zwane explained. "I like it when a young man comes in and grabs the opportunity. He's always going to be part of my team because he's showing that he has an eye for goal and that's what we're looking for. We want scorers in this country."

Bunting Sr has been with the club for a while after breaking through from the SAB under-21 team where he was voted as the best player and top goalscorer of the tournament. Last season, he was arguably Amakhosi's reserve team's focal point up front. In the inaugural Diski Shield, he scored five goals in as many matches. As a result, the 19-year-old Bunting Jr is hoping to emulate him.

"My brother left a big step for me to fill up," he said. "He said to me,'listen boy, now this is your chance to prove to everyone who you are,' and I am doing that."

Zwane and his troops will be hoping to continue with the momentum when they travel to take on the in-form Bidvest Wits team on Sunday, 11 November at 10am.


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