Rising star: SA teen Kgaogelo Chauke, 17, signs Southampton deal

Rising star: SA teen Kgaogelo Chauke, 17, signs Southampton deal

- A South African teen, Kgaogelo Chauke, has signed his first professional contract

- Only weeks after turning 17, Chauke landed a two-year contract with Southampton FC

- Mzansi could not have been prouder and they congratulated Chauke online

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Kgaogelo Chauke might only be 17 years old but he already has a bright future ahead of him. The teen, who celebrated his 17th birthday earlier this month, landed a contract with Premier League side Southampton FC which should run until June 2020.

The professional association football club, which is based in the UK, took to Twitter to announce the wonderful news.

"Rising star. #SaintsFC is pleased to announce that young midfielder Kgaogelo Chauke has signed his first professional contract."

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The club's official website quoted Chauke saying:

"I'm really proud because I've been working for this moment. Pleased to see the work paying off. It's special because growing up I've had a lot of help from my family. Being able to share this with them is a proud moment. In the back of my mind I knew that if I put the right work in that this moment was achievable."

Chauke said his success is due to hard work and it would not be possible without it.

He said:

"Being at this club, everything is put towards development on the pitch. Even in education, everything has come together on the pitch to help me perform."

Briefly.co.za gathered the young footballer's achievement inspired South Africans and they applauded him on social media.

Twitter user, @CousamaO3, commented:

"This is some good news for SA football."

Malose Ramashala, @MaloseRams1, added:

"Please note that your fan base from South Africa will increase from zero % to 100% real quick. We are behind you from this day on wards."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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