Chiefs’ new look

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

Mamelodi Sun­downs cap­tain Ramahlwe Mphahlele is one of the play­ers ex­pected to be un­veiled at Kaizer Chiefs to­mor­row.

Two oth­ers who could be un­masked by the Amakhosi are Joseph Molan­goane, who was on the books of Chippa United, and for­mer Bloem­fontein Celtic mid­fielder Kea­gan Buchanan.

City Press has learnt that Mphahlele could not agree to terms with Sun­downs.

“He has signed with Chiefs,” said a Sun­downs in­sider on Fri­day.

Many will view Chiefs’ ac­qui­si­tions as a re­sponse to ri­vals Or­lando Pi­rates, which this week com­pleted the sign­ing of Ghana­ian for­ward Bernard Mor­ri­son, and reached agree­ments with Ajax Cape Town over Riyaad Noro­dien and Ab­bubaker Mo­bara. Pi­rates chair­per­son Irvin Khoza said they were in talks with for­mer Bafana Bafana cap­tain Steven Pien­aar, who is out of con­tract at his English Premier League side Ever­ton. The Buc­ca­neers have also ac­quired the ser­vices of coach Muhsin Er­tuğral.

Chiefs sup­port­ers and foot­ball lovers will get their first taste of what to ex­pect in the new sea­son, and will find out whether Amakhosi is ca­pa­ble of chal­leng­ing for hon­ours when the club un­veils some of their ac­qui­si­tions to­mor­row. A num­ber of play­ers have been linked with a move to Na­turena. Chiefs foot­ball man­ager Bobby Mo­taung said it was time they put paid to the spec­u­la­tion with the un­veil­ing. He said that would not be the end of their buy­ing spree. “There are still three or four play­ers with whom we will soon fi­nalise ne­go­ti­a­tions. Mon­day’s an­nounce­ment is just to put peo­ple at ease as there have been lots of ru­mours,” said Mo­taung, re­veal­ing the new play­ers would meet up with their team-mates on Tues­day, when the club re­sumes train­ing. Chiefs have al­ready cap­tured for­mer Su­perS­port United de­fender Sibu­siso Khu­malo af­ter a swap deal with Kee­gan Ritchie. But Mo­taung could not be drawn on who the new ar­rivals were, say­ing only that some were big names. “All I know is that he [Molan­goane] has a dis­pute with Chippa as they say he has a con­tract with them, while he says other­wise,” said Mo­taung.

Other play­ers who have been linked with Chiefs are Eno­cent Mkha­bela, Le­bo­gang Manyama, Bantu Mzwakali and Ku­dak­washe Ma­hachi.

Chiefs need a to­tal over­haul of their squad af­ter re­cently say­ing 20 could be leav­ing, which in­cluded play­ers re­leased, loaned out or placed on the trans­fer list. The names in­clude Mor­gan Gould and Si­bon­iso Gaxa, while the likes of Reneilwe Let­sholonyane, Reyaad Pi­eterse and Ritchie have moved to Su­perS­port.

Chiefs were also strug­gling to get Thapelo Morena from Celtic and Sibu­siso Vi­lakazi of Bid­vest Wits.

Mean­while, Free State Stars fi­nalised a three-year con­tract with French­man De­nis Lav­agne as their new coach af­ter los­ing Gio­vanni Soli­nas at the end of the sea­son.

PHOTO: RICHARD HUGGARD / GALLO IM­AGES

DIS­CORD Joseph Molan­goane has a con­trac­tual dis­pute with Chippa United

PHOTO: SA­MUEL SHIVAMBU / BACKPAGEPIX

AMAKHOSI Ramahlwe Mphahlele may be on the Chiefs’ list

PHOTO: CARL FOURIE / GALLO IM­AGES

BUCCANEER Ab­bubaker Mo­bara is off to Or­lando Pi­rates

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