Teenage Hadebe off to Kaizer Chiefs

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

CHICKEN Inn cen­tral de­fender Teenage Hadebe yes­ter­day be­gan a week-long trial stint with South African Premier­ship gi­ants Kaizer Chiefs.

The left-footed na­tional team de­fender, who can also play as a cen­tre-back, will be hop­ing to im­press coach Steve Kom­pela and join fel­low coun­try­men Wil­lard Kat­sande, Mitchelle Katsvairo and Ed­more Chi­ram­badare at the South African glam­our side.

Katsvairo and Chi­ram­badare com­pleted their moves to Chiefs in June, each sign­ing three-year deals.

Prom­i­nent soc­cer agent Gib­son Ma­hachi, who fa­cil­i­tated Katsvairo and Chi­ram­badare’s deals, con­firmed that his client Hadebe was try­ing his luck at Chiefs.

Hadebe missed the Bu­l­awayo derby be­tween High­landers and Chicken Inn as he left Bu­l­awayo on Satur­day, leav­ing the Game­cocks to rely on Moses Jack­son and Lawrence Mh­langa in the clash.

“Hadebe is a good de­fender with a good body and skill. He left Harare on Sun­day and will spend a week at Chiefs. I’m con­fi­dent that he will do his best and im­press the coaches at Chiefs,” said Ma­hachi.

With Chiefs reg­is­ter­ing War­riors’ cap­tain Wil­lard Kat­sande as a non-for­eigner ahead of the new sea­son fol­low­ing his ac­qui­si­tion of a per­ma­nent res­i­dence per­mit, Hadebe can take up the last va­cant for­eign slot if he im­presses.

Kat­sande met the min­i­mum five years re­quired to be el­i­gi­ble for per­ma­nent res­i­dence last sea­son and opted to ap­ply for a South African iden­tity doc­u­ment.

Chiefs are plan­ning on reg­is­ter­ing Zam­bian for­ward Lewis Macha, the Zim­bab­wean duo of Chi­ram­badare and Katsvairo for their five for­eign play­ers’ slots.

In­jured To­golese for­ward Camal­dine Abraw may be left out to cre­ate room for another player while he re­cov­ers with the hope of reg­is­ter­ing him in Jan­uary when their mid-sea­son trans­fer win­dow opens. — @ ZililoR

Teenage Hadebe

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