Chiefs’ jer­sey fits Teenage Hadebe

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

CHICKEN Inn de­fender Teenage Hadebe may be­come the fourth player to leave the club for greener pas­tures in­side three months af­ter im­press­ing South African gi­ants Kaizer Chiefs dur­ing his week-long tri­als.

The left-footed na­tional team de­fender, who can also play as a left-back, re­port­edly im­pressed coach Steve Kom­pela and is set to 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. An­other player that left Chicken Inn re­cently is mid­fielder Danny Phiri, who moved to Dur­ban side Golden Ar­rows.

Prom­i­nent soccer agent Gib­son Ma­hachi, who fa­cil­i­tated Katsvairo and Chi­ram­badare’s deals, said ne­go­ti­a­tions for Hadebe’s move to Chiefs have started.

“Kaizer Chiefs in­di­cated that Hadebe, w h o re­turned from South Africa on Sun­day, made the grade and as it is they’ve started ne­go­ti­a­tions with his club. Ne­go­ti­a­tions are a process, but if all the par­ties agree, he will join Chiefs be­fore the (South African) trans­fer win­dow closes at the end of the month,” said Ma­hachi. Ac­cord­ing to South African me­dia re­ports, Hadebe, who uses his height to great ef­fect on set-pieces, will come in to com­ple­ment their cen­tral de­fence that has the in­jured Erick Mathoho, Daniel Car­doso, Lorenzo Gordinho and Ramahlwe Mphahlele as well as trans­fer-listed Siyanda Xulu. Chiefs have so far reg­is­tered three for­eign play­ers, Zam­bian striker Lewis Macha and the Zim­bab­wean duo of Katsvairo and Chi­ram­badare. The Soweto gi­ants still have two spa­ces open in their for­eign quota, with the other re­served for in­jured To­golese for­ward Camal­dine Abraw. Should Hadebe com­plete his move to Chiefs, his for­mer club Bantu Rovers, who sold him to Chicken Inn a few weeks back for an undis­closed fee, will be guar­an­teed a sig­nif­i­cant per­cent­age fol­low­ing a sale-on clause they in­cluded in the deal. — @ZililoR

Teenage Hadebe

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