D Day for Teenage Hadebe-Chiefs deal

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

NA­TIONAL team and Chicken Inn FC cen­tral de­fender Teenage Hadebe is set to com­plete his move to South African giants, Kaizer Chiefs, to­day with the Game­cocks say­ing the deal is al­most done.

The tow­er­ing de­fender, who can also play at left­back, was left out of match day squad that drew 1-1 with FC Plat­inum on Satur­day, a clear in­di­ca­tion that the cham­pi­ons are pre­par­ing for life with­out Hadebe.

Chicken Inn chair­man Lifa Ncube and Hadebe’s agent Gibson Ma­hachi told Chronicle Sport last night that they ex­pected the deal to be wrapped up to­day.

“By the time he re­turns from the na­tional team, Hadebe will most cer­tainly be a Kaizer Chiefs player. Ne­go­ti­a­tions are at an ad­vanced stage and we should be clos­ing the deal any­time to­mor­row (to­day). He is cer­tainly go­ing to beat South Africa’s trans­fer win­dow dead­line which closes on Wed­nes­day,” said Ncube.

Hadebe is with the War­riors pre­par­ing for the dead­rub­ber To­tal Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fier against out-of-contention Guinea at Stade du 28 Septem­bre in Con­akry on Sun­day.

The for­mer Bantu Rovers and High­landers’ de­fender will be­come the fourth player to leave Chicken Inn for greener pas­tures within three months.

He will join 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. For­mer skip­per and mid­fielder Danny Phiri moved to Dur­ban side Golden Ar­rows.

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 Go r d i n h o a n d Ramahlwe Mphahlele as well as trans­ferl i s t e d S i y and a Xulu. — @ ZililoR

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