Chiefs in midst of player bat­tle

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

New Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Kom­phela could soon be re­united with two of his pre­vi­ous play­ers from Free State Stars.

City Press has re­li­ably learnt that To­golese striker Camal­dine Abraw and Daniel Car­doso are among the new faces ex­pected to be un­veiled by Amakhosi.

How­ever, Chiefs may have to fight it out with Bloem­fontein Celtic for Abraw, who has re­port­edly signed for Si­welele.

But the Chiefs source in­sisted Amakhosi had se­cured the striker’s sig­na­ture.

“Con­trary to what Celtic are say­ing, he is com­ing here, as we have fi­nalised ev­ery­thing with him.

“We are wait­ing for him to re­turn from hol­i­day and we will un­veil him as one of us,” said the high-rank­ing Chiefs in­sider.

Celtic’s CEO, Khum­bu­lani Konco, told City Press they had con­cluded a pre­con­tract agree­ment with the striker.

“We are not wor­ried about those talks be­cause we have his pa­pers with us.

“He will join us when he comes back next week,” said Konco.

Chiefs are also be­lieved to be in the fi­nal stages of sign­ing Bafana Bafana’s Rus­sia-based de­fender, Siyanda Xulu, Polok­wane City’s Cole Alexan­der and a winger, be­lieved to be from the con­ti­nent.

Amakhosi could un­veil as many as six new play­ers, ac­cord­ing to the in­for­mant.

The team is also thought to have been re­united with one­time goalie Brian Baloyi, who is ex­pected to work with Ger­man goal­keeper coach Rainer Dinkelacker.

“Brian is com­ing back with a view to be Rainer’s un­der­study. We must have a suc­ces­sion plan in place and Brian knows the club’s cul­ture, hence we have iden­ti­fied him.”

The source said they were look­ing at three de­fend­ers, a midfielder, a winger and a striker.

He said they were still in dis­cus­sions with City re­gard­ing the highly rated Alexan­der.

“It’s back and forth, but we be­lieve we will cap­ture him. We have been en­gag­ing with them but it has not been easy as they value him and want to hold on to him, although he has made it clear he wants to join us.”

The source said that Xulu, a for­mer Chiefs de­vel­op­ment player, was in the coun­try but still had to re­solve some is­sues with his Rus­sian side, FC Ros­tov.

Chiefs have also been linked to for­mer PSL foot­baller of the sea­son Sibu­siso Vi­lakazi but the source re­vealed that Bid­vest Wits were play­ing hard­ball.

Chiefs re­cently parted ways with goal­keeper Itume­leng Khune, de­fender Tefu Mashamaite and midfielder Mandla Masango.

The trio’s con­tracts were not re­newed due to their high mon­e­tary de­mands, ac­cord­ing to Chiefs when the club of­fi­cially an­nounced their de­par­tures at a press con­fer­ence a fort­night ago.

The club has also re­leased mid­field­ers Josta Dladla and Siyabonga Nkosi.

It has been re­ported that Khune, Masango and Ge­orge Lebese may fol­low pre­vi­ous coach Stu­art Bax­ter to Turk­ish side Gençler­bir­liği.

PHOTO: RYAN WILKISKY / BACKPAGEPIX

READY FOR CHANGE Chiefs are said to be court­ing Camal­dine Abraw, who may have signed with Celtic

PHOTO: SYD­NEY MAHLANGU / BACKPAGEPIX

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